Did you know that up to 40% of your household waste can be recycled and reused? If all 50million South Africans would recycle their waste, millions of tons of waste can be reused each year, and this will make an enormous positive impact on the environment.
With so much waste being produced, we need to work together - Each individual, each household and each business can make a difference as a collective, by following these principles:
Prevent Waste - minimising the amount of waste we produce (limiting unnecessary consumption and being conscious of our purchasing choices, especially around packaging)
- Re-using/repurposing - what we can or donate unwanted items to a charity
- Recycle – Place recyclable items in the clear bag provided by the Municipality.
- Creating home compost
- Only that which we cannot reuse, recycle or compost should make its way to a landfill site.
You have the right
According to the Environmental Right (section 24) everyone has a right to an environment that is not harmful to their health or well-being and to have their environment protected for the benefit of present and future generations through reasonable legislatives and measures that promote pollution and ecological degradation, promote conservation, secure ecologically sustainable development and the use of natural resources while promoting sustainable and economic and social development.
What does recycling actually mean?
Recycling refers to the collection and reprocessing of used materials which are usually considered as “waste”. These items are sorted and processed to be used as raw materials for the production of new products. While reuse means using old products repeatedly, recycling means using the core elements of an old product as raw material to manufacture new goods.
If you are not yet recycling, not everything you throw away is “waste”. Many items can be recycled and reused.
What items can be recycled?
- Paper and cardboard: newspapers, magazines, packaging, bags, boxes, printing paper,
egg containers, toilet paper rolls, tissues, boxes etc.
- Plastic: cleaned out bottles, gladwrap, food containers, medicine bottles, bubble wrap, cleaning agent bottles etc.
- Glass: cold drink bottles, food jars, broken glasses etc When recycling glass, please make sure that glass products are washed and dried before putting it in the recyclables bag.
- Metal: cold drink cans, food tins, tin foil etc.
- Ewaste: Recycling your unwanted computer and electronic equipment means that it will be managed and disposed of safely and responsibly, in ways that are not damaging to the health of people or the environment.
- Food: food scraps, vegetable peels, bread, leftovers etc. can be used for compost in your garden
- Garden waste: grass, leaves, dead plants, weeds etc can be used for compost in your garden
How can I recycle?
- Drop it into a clear plastic bag.
In 2010, the Langeberg initiated the two bag system. The black bag is used for none recyclables household waste and the clear bag for recyclables. Put clean recyclable items into your clear recyclable bag; leave it out on your pavement on waste collection days or on top of your wheelie bin. Do not place your recycle bag inside the wheelie bin. The municipality will collect your clear bag on waste removal days. The clear bags are available on request at all municipal offices.
2. Drop off your recyclables at your nearest transfer station
Langeberg Municipality has three recycling transfer stations (Robertson, McGregor and Montagu). They serve as processing sites for the temporary deposition of waste where members of the public can drop off recyclables in the 4 cubic metres Skip bins provided for each recyclable material.
Operating hours are from 8:30-16:30 on weekdays and 8:30-13:00 on Saturdays.
2.1 Robertson Compost site on McGregor Road
2.2 Montagu Existing Landfill site Montagu on Barrydale road
2.3 McGregor Existing Landfill site in McGregor West
A few reasons why recycling is so important
If you are wondering why you should recycle, this should convince you:
- Recycling saves energy, and money
- It creates new jobs
- It saves environmental conditions and reduces air and water pollution
- It saves natural resources
- It holds economic benefits
- Recycling saves land space used for waste disposal
Please, try to recycle the materials used in your daily life for a better tomorrow!