“That’s around two tonnes of waste per person per year that goes into the ground,” says Edith Leeuta, CEO of Fibre Circle, the producer responsibility organisation for the South African paper and paper packaging sector. “Imagine the difference every single person could make to our planet and our economy by separating recyclables for reuse in new products, and composting organic and food waste?”
“With a little bit of thought and a few extra bins or containers around the home, each and every South African can change their rubbish to recycling ratio,” she notes. Ideally your recycling bins should be bigger than your landfill waste bins too.
Do a quick waste audit
Separating waste and keeping it separate is the first step and a big win
Separation-at-source – the first step in the greater recycling process doesn’t have to start and stop in the kitchen. A variety of household paper products, especially packaging commonly found in the bathroom, home office, or right at your front door, can be recycled into new paper products.
Leeuta suggests placing small paper recycling bins in various areas of your home: At the front door, in your home office, bathrooms and the kitchen are all great places. This makes it easier and more convenient to get into the recycling habit.
Always ensure that a recyclable paper-based item is dry, clean and free of food residue.
Know the paper recyclables in your home
You might be throwing away paper products or packaging that you didn’t know are recyclable. You might be astounded at the number of common household materials that can be recycled.
The front door:
Various types of plastics, tins and cans, and glass bottles and jars are also recyclable so don’t forget to recycle those too.
Recycle with a purpose
“It is important to know where your recyclables will go,” advises Leeuta. “If your area does not have a recycling programme, put your recyclables out for a waste collector, or look into a paid collection service. You can also drop off at a community centre or school that earns money from recycling.”
Now you’re in the know, think before you throw.
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