Being “ecofriendly” – Easy as 1,2,3 & A,B,C
13 October, 2015
STEP ONE: REDUCE – consider if you really need something or not.
STEP TWO: REUSE – consider buying re-usable or returnable items and packaging. Avoid disposable items. This places importance on ‘eco-procurement’.
Once you have considered how you can reduce and reuse,then look at recycle
STEP THREE: RECYCLE
Some municipalities offer recycling bags or bins for kerbside collection. Some communities have private businesses that will pick up your recyclables for a fee. But nearly all South African neighbourhoods have an army of informal recyclers working hard to process our waste. Whichever recyclers are collecting from you, give them a hand.
STEP THREE (A): SEPARATE & DECONTAMINATE – valuable paper and corrugated cardboard becomes worthless if dirty. Dirty recyclable materials produce odours in your recycling bin and spoil paper and cardboard. Toss cheesy pizza boxes into the rubbish. Give cans and bottles a quick rinse and leave the lids off since they may be made of a different recyclable material. Vases and drinking glasses belong in the rubbish. They will contaminate the recycling of jars and bottles because they are made from different glass.
STEP THREE (B): ACCUMULATE – recyclables that are heavy or low in value, such as glass or newspapers, may not get collected at the kerbside. They’re still worth recycling, however. Save them up until you have a load to carry to a recycling bank.
STEP THREE (C): LOCATE – use the resources below to find the nearest drop-off locations. MyWaste has locations for a wide variety of recyclables, including unusual items such as car batteries and used cooking oil. For bottles, cans and paper, it may help to check MyWaste in combination with the other websites for those items, since the lists on all websites are often incomplete.
- Mpact Recycling paper banks (Click on paper bank)
- PETCO, for plastic bottles (Click on collection points)
- Consumer guidelines to healthy cleaning and choosing appropriate cleaning chemicals.
- National Recycling Forum
- Recycling drop off points
- Recycling cans
- Recycling glass
- Recycling paper
- Recycling PET
- Recycling plastic
- Safer cleaning