Everything we buy is wrapped in packaging of some kind and most of it is recyclable.
If every household recycled their glass, plastic, paper and tins, it would extend the lifespan of our landfill sites considerably.
If you have a garden, start a compost heap for all your vegetable cuttings and food scraps (excluding meat).
Ray Nkonyeni Municipality has started a recycling collection service. Place all your clean glass, plastic, tins and paper in the clear plastic bags provided free of charge by the municipality and put these out on the designated days. Now there is no excuse not to recycle.
It’s up to all of us to put in the effort in order to make a difference.



Reuse glass bottles and jars or donate them to someone for bottling pickles, jams or preserves.
Create pretty gifts by decorating recycled glass bottles and jars and filling them with home-made goodies.
Take unwanted glass to a recycling depot in your area.


Separate white paper, newspaper and magazines from other paper packaging such as cereal boxes.
Shoe boxes covered in fabric and decorated with scrapbooking, make wonderful ‘keepsake’ boxes.
Used paper, toilet roll inners and polystyrene containers can be put to good use in pre-primary schools and crèches.
NOT RECYCLABLE: Plastic coated paper cups or packaging.


Almost everything you buy today is packaged in plastic which does not biodegrade and must be recycled.
Collect all your clean plastic and take it to a recycling depot in your area.
Plastic products made from recycled material include plant pots, black rubbish bags, laminate flooring, solid beams for the building industry, outdoor furniture, pens, plastic cups, and plastic roof tiles to name just a few.


Reuse or recycle.
Scrap dealers pay per kilogram for scrap metal. Collect-a-Can, based in Durban, collects crushed cans from waste centres locally.
Take all scrap metal to a dealer in your area.


Batteries are toxic to the environment. Car batteries contain many different chemicals that can seep into the soil and groundwater, posing a serious health hazard. The lead in batteries is a valuable recyclable resource, so take old car batteries to a scrap dealer.
Using rechargeable batteries can save a lot of money.


Old tyres and inner tubes are completely recyclable.
Recycled products made from reused rubber include mats, clothing, handbags, boots, sandals and even furniture. It can also be blended with asphalt to make road surfaces which last twice as long as traditional tarmac.


Did you know? Oil is a serious pollutant, yet it is totally recyclable.
Used oil from one oil change can contaminate 1,000,000 gallons of water.
Lube oil is refined into biodiesel, industrial heating oils and the production of base oil which is supplied to Eskom power stations.
Used cooking oil can also be easily recycled. This is turned into hydraulic and diesel fuels for reuse by industry and farming.
Oil is a valuable resource, so try and recycle where you can to help reduce the impact on the environment.


Polystyrene is a petroleum-based plastic made from the styrene monomer. It is a light-weight material, used for housing insulation, cups that keep your beverages hot or cold and packaging material to keep your goods safe during shipping.
When heated in a microwave, toxic chemicals may leach out of these products into the food and could be harmful to your health.
There are many alternatives to polystyrene including mushroom fungus sheets, products made from bamboo fibre, edible packing ‘peanuts’, paper plates made from corn, potatoes and limestone, biodegradable cups and utensils made from peat, containers made from recycled wood fibres and plants and even edible glassware made from plant gelatin. All of these products biodegrade when composted.
It’s time for change, and that change starts with YOU – insist on biodegradable products.

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