Learn how to recycle plastics
Simply by knowing which plastics are valuable for recycling you can make a big difference to the environment, by reducing the amount of waste on our landfills and dumps and recycling plastics into useful commodities.
Battery recycling is not a matter of possibility. It comes down to the efforts you’re willing to take. Your ability to recycle will also depend on where you live and your closest designated drop-off point.
|PLASTIC||USED IN||RECYCLED INTO|
|Cold drink and water
bottles, plastic jars
|Hollow fibre filling for jackets,
duvets, pillows and sleeping
bags is the main use for clear
PET bottles in South Africa.
Green bottles are turned into
building insulation (Isotherm);
PET is also recycled in geo-textiles for road stabilization and dam lings, and Plastiwood.
|Milk bottles, cleaning
and toiletries, crates
and motor oils
|Recycling bins, compost bins,
buckets, detergent containers,
posts, fencing, pipes, plastic
timber and plastic chairs.
|Clear trays for foods
and toiletries, clear bottles, pipes and gutters.
|Rubbish bags, frozen
veggie bags, building
film, squeezable bottles
and cosmetic tubs
|Bin-liners, pallet sheets,
irrigation piping, a variety of
containers and construction and
|Bottles, ice cream
tubs, straws, micro-wave dishes, kettles, garden furniture, lunch boxes, packaging tape and bottle caps
|Pegs, bins, pipes, pallet sheets,
oil funnels, car battery cases
|Two kinds: high impact
(eg. Coat hangers, yoghurt cups) and expanded (e.g. meat and vegetable trays)
|Picture frames, curtain rails,
finials, skirting boards, cornices,
stationery e.g. rulers, seedling
trays, coat hangers. Demand
far outstrips supply in S.A.
Locate your closest recycling centre:
Global Carbon Exchange (GCX) have put together a waste directory for Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban: simply select what type of waste you need to drop off and the suburb!