What did you do with your last empty roll of loo paper? Or the newspaper or magazine you read? Or the box from your last Takealot order? Did you throw them in the rubbish bin to wind up in landfills, or did you recycle them and do your bit for the environment and community?
It's National Recycling Day on September 16, so I thought I'd use this time to rabbit on a bit about how you can recycle paper, and what types of paper are recyclable. This isn't the first recycling post I've featured, and it probably won't be the last. But if one person can start making the brilliant step towards recycling what would otherwise be thrown away, then that's a win.
Also, how wonderful to not only "gift" the environment with the tiny yet significant step of recycling, but to also teach our kids something meaningful.
Here are some tips and info from PRASA, the Paper Recycling Association of South Africa:
Magazines and brochures (including the glossy variety)
Newspapers (best within three months)
Office paper, envelopes and shredded paper
Cardboard boxes of any kind
Liquid packaging – juice, milk and food cartons (Rinse, flatten and place with your paper recycling)
Wet, soiled paper – used
Nappies, tissues and toilet paper
Wax-coated, foil-lined or laminated boxes
Used cement and dog food bags
Foil gift wrapping
How to start recycling
- Visit mywaste.co.za for programmes in your area.
- Enrol in a free kerbside collection programme (a popular one is Ronnie Bags – I use EcoMonkey, which collects all my recyclabes every two weeks)
- Find drop-off centre near your home or office, usually at local shopping centres.
- Check with local community centres, churches or schools if they have a paper recycling programme from which they benefit financially.
- Keep recyclables aside for an informal collector who walks your neighbourhood every week. This increases the quality of the recyclables, allowing the collector to earn a little more.
- Contract the services of a small recycling business.