According to a 2010 CSIR study, only 3% of urban households recycle regularly. And a significant number of people don’t know why they should recycle or more importantly how to start.
Think about how you started your day this morning. Chances are you connected with some form of paper product. You visited the bathroom. You poured milk into your coffee from a paper-based carton. Perhaps you refilled the sugar canister from a paper bag. You may have read the paper dosage leaflet for your child’s medicine. What about the sneaky breakfast of leftover pizza? And look at what you are reading right now.
Now think about where these paper products usually end up after you’ve finished with them? Paper is an everyday material that is often hidden in plain sight. Also hidden is its value as a raw material for recycled paper products.
Find your recycling groove - collect or drop-off?
Make use of green Ronnie bags
To see when Mpact Recycling collects in your area with the green Ronnie Bag Kerbside programme, visit www.mpactrecycling.co.za/our-operations/kerbside-collection/search/results.
Put your paper in the “bank”
Alternatively, locate your nearest Ronnie Bank through your local school or community organisation and deposit your paper and liquid packaging into the large green “paper banks”. www.mpactrecycling.co.za/our-operations/paperbank-search/search/results
Mpact also offers special programmes for townhouse complexes and housing estates.
Use the MyWaste tool
Go to www.mywaste.co.za to locate other sites.