Recycling should be part of our everyday lives to ensure that our children have a future that has enough resources to meet their needs, as well as a clean environment.
Recycling is the process of separating, collecting and remanufacturing or converting used or waste products into new materials. Recycling helps extend the life and usefulness of something that has already served its original purpose, by producing something that is useable.
Difference between recycling and reusing
The difference between recycling and reusing is that while reusing is merely just a repeated use of old products, recycling using the core elements of old products, such as plastic water bottles, computers, packaging pallets, and cell phones as raw materials to manufacture new goods.
Why is recycling important?
Recycling is one of the best ways for you to have a positive impact both on us and the world in which we live. With recycling, a substantial portion of our waste can be broken down into their original elements and be used to produce new materials.
7 Benefits of recycling
Some of the important benefits of recycling are:
3 Stages of the recycling process
The recycling process is composed of three stages:
What can be recycled?
A large portion of household waste can be recycled. You’ll need to look for the recycle logo on packaging to find out if the material can be reused.
Also remember to remove food and liquid waste before you place items in the recycling bin.
1) Recycling Paper and Cardboard
The following types of paper can be recycled:
The following may not be recycled:
2) Recycling glass
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.
3) Recycling metal
The following metal can be recycled (note items with asterisk*):
*Note: Very few recycling depots accept these metal items. Call ahead to make sure.
4) Recycling plastic
The following plastic can be recycled:
Note: No cling-wrap can be recycled.
5) Recycling electronic waste (eWaste)
These appliances can be recycled, if you are not sure, call the depot to find out.
Where can I recycle?
There are a number of sites across the province where you can drop off your rubbish and unwanted material, as well as organisations that will collect your recycled items from your home. Here are a few directories to give you some more information:
Recycling is something that everyone can get involved in. Make recycling part of your life today and see how your contribution makes your environment more sustainable and healthy.
|Government Body:||(Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Western Cape Government)|