A BIRDS-EYE VIEW OF WHAT THE PIETERMARIZBURG RECYCLING PROGRAMME ENTAILS

WHAT IS RECYCLING?

Recycling is the process whereby discarded products and materials are reclaimed or recovered, refined or reprocessed and converted into new or different products.

WHY IS RECYCLING SO IMPORTANT?

* Less waste to landfill sites; therefore longer life spans for these sites
* Conserves natural resources
* Further job creation
* Fewer polluting emissions to air and water
* Conserves energy
* Provides a cleaner environment
* It is the right thing to do!
* Decreases necessity to import raw materials

RECYCLING BAGS:

For the past three years the orange bags used in this project were very generously sponsored by Mpact Recycling from Durban. As Mpact Recycling could not continue with its sponsorship beyond the end of 2012, a decision was taken to ask residents to buy their own recycling bags, as they do their black refuse bags.

We have moved away from the orange bag to a clear plastic bag. Each bag has printed on it in orange, a list of the materials that can be put into the bag.

The bags are available in packs of 20 and should retail for about R18,75 inc vat. The clear bag is slightly thicker that the original orange bag. The clear bag is cheaper and allows the collectors to see what is in the bags before removing them from the kerbside.

Residents can continue to use the orange bags they have until stock runs out.

Packs of the clear bags can be purchased at the following outlets :

Parklane Spar - Commercial Road

Victoria Packaging - 298 Victoria Road

Innoxa Factory Shop - 340 Victoria Road

Mingle Mousse - Chasedene Centre, Connor Road

BP Garage Shop - Cascades

Woolworths - Cascades

The Pet Shop - The Mall (Pick n Pay entrance)

Mayor's Walk Spar - Mayor's Walk

Oscars - Roberts Road

OK Store - College Road

Spar - Foxon Road

Polly Shortts Spar - CB Downes Road

Pelham Superette - Oribi Road

Shell Garage Shop - Alan Paton Avenue

WHAT YOU SHOULD PUT INTO THE ORANGE BAGS:

* newspaper, A4 sheets, etc, brochures, catalogues, telephone directories, pamphlets and magazines, cardboard


* all plastic cooldrink, milk, shampoo and detergent bottles, plastic bags; plastic paper, computer components and plastic trays, frozen vegetable and fruit and rubbish bags


* any metal (e.g. iron, aluminium, etc), containers such as computer components, cans, utensils such as irons, kettles and metal trays

* cleaning products, cosmetics and toiletries.

Please compact containers where possible by flattening them.

Please give containers, whether paper/cardboard, plastic or metal, a bit of a clean before bagging them.

PLEASE DO NOT PUT INTO THE ORANGE BAGS:

* fruit, vegetables and other kitchen waste

* garden clippings

* glass

CANS

* The cans you use on a daily basis can all be recycled. There is no reason to throw them away. Can recycling also creates employment and conserves irreplaceable natural resources such as iron ore, coal and limestone. Recycling cans also saves energy, as 95% of the electricity used to process steel is saved when recycled can material is used. Also, making aluminium cans from aluminium takes only five percent of the power it takes to make new cans from bauxite, an ore that is mined from the ground. Recycling one aluminium can saves the energy to run a TV for three hours.

* Tin-plated steel cans are manufactured from non-renewable resources. During the recycling process, the tin content of steel cans is dissolved and made into ingots which are sold to companies that use tin.

LARGE OBJECTS

For any large object such as a stove or fridge contact Kelvin Ellis at Central Waste (033 x 3970758 or [email protected]) and they will arrange collection.

GLASS

Any form of glass can be deposited at a number of repository around our city.