Recycling in Pretoria is going from strength to strength. All homes, flats and townhouses are now served by a domestic recycling collection company. WastePlan took over this service during October from Koten, who has been operating a household recycling program in Pretoria East for the past 3 years.
The new programme is called Re:Spond. The aim of this free household recycling collection service is to reduce the amount of waste sent to the landfill by making recycling more convenient for Pretoria East residents.
By recycling, residents can save precious space in landfill sites that are rapidly approaching maximum capacity. This wasteful system is being phased out world-wide anyway, as resources need to be saved and used over again. By recycling, residents can help to put valuable materials back into the manufacturing stream. All this helps reduce the effects of global warming and saves loads of water to boot.
How do you recycle?
Free standing homes
- Place all your recyclable materials into the clear bag provided, rinsing and flattening items where possible.
- Place your full clear bags on the curb side on the day of collection. See here for detailed collection schedule.
- A replacement clear bag will be delivered to your house for the following week’s recyclables.
Flats and Townhouse Complexes
- Place your full clear bags on the curb side (outside your complex) on the day of collection.
- For each full bag WastePlan collects they will deliver a new clear bag – clear bags are left with the security office or caretaker
- By recycling your complex can save on waste removal costs.
- Give them a call and they will send a representative to meet with your body corporate or caretaker to make suitable collection arrangements.
What can be recycled?
- Paper: cardboard, paper, newspaper & magazines
- Glass: rinsed bottles and jars
- Plastics: any bags, rinsed bottles and containers
- Metal: rinsed food tines, cans and scrap metal
- Tetra Pak: foil-lined juice boxes and milk containers
- Polystyrene: white, clean and dry
What can’t be recycled?
- Cling wrap or disposable nappies
- Containers of: chemicals, paint, toothpaste, solvents, motor oil
- Food scraps, vegetable peels, garden waste (please compost)
- Clothing or shoes (please donate to charity)
- Wet, dirty or contaminated items