Not all domestic waste products are suitable for recycling. This is a guide to help you decide what to take to your nearest domestic recycling drop-off depot, and what should go in the rubbish bin.
It's also important to be aware of the fact that not all domestic recycling drop-off points accept every kind of all recycling materials. It's best to call ahead to find out what you can bring and check the hours of operation as they may change from time to time.
How to recycle waste
Wash and dry any food and beverage containers such as wine bottles, food tins and beer cans.
b. Separate Recyclables
Don't throw your recyclable materials into the dustbin thinking you'll fish them out later. Rather have a separate bin (or bag) each for paper, glass, metal and plastic and throw the waste directly in it.
c. Drop off
When your glass, paper, metal and plastic bags are full, drop them off at the Recycling Depot that's closest to you. Each depot has its own system for drop-offs: some depots have demarcated areas for certain materials, while others have people on site to help you sort your waste. If you're uncertain, call ahead to ask.
Recycling Paper and Cardboard
The following types of paper can be recycled:
The following may not be recycled.
The following glass can be recycled:
Note: Rinse out and dry bottles containing the remains of foodstuffs and beverages. You can leave paper labels on the glass.
The following metal can be recycled but note items with asterisk
Note: Very few recycling depots accept these metal items. Call ahead to make sure.
The following plastic can be recycled:
Note: NO cling-wrap can be recycled.
Recycling electronic waste (eWaste)
These appliances can be recycled, if you are not sure, call the depot to find out.
Other recycling resources
These facility categories:
|Government Body:||(Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Western Cape Government)|