Are you Recycling?

Apr 23, 2012 by

The energy saved from recycling 1 tin can saves enough energy to run a TV set for 3 hours! Hats off to DSTV for airing this repeatedly to their South African subscribers and promoting recycling awareness nationally.

Mama She’s Waste Recyclers is the recycling company that operates in our area. They do a great service and make recycling so much easier. Check them out here and contact them to operate in your area if you don’t have a recycling company on your area yet.

Here are two more recycling stats from their website:

– If all our newspaper was recycled, we could save about 250,000,000 trees each year!
– A modern glass bottle would take 4000 years or more to decompose — and even longer if it’s in the landfill

We all need to recyle and everyone that does, makes a difference. The tin can fact reminds us of that.


This is how I recycle:

I keep my blue Mama She’s Waste recycling bag in my kitchen bin and throw all my glass, plastic paper and tin directly into it. I have a wormery outside my kitchen where I throw my vegetable peelings and juicing pulp. The kitchen waste that isn’t suitable for the wormery, I throw onto a compost heap in the corner of the garden. Grass cuttings and all the garden waste  go onto the compost heap. I also throw the little cooked food waste that I have onto the compost heap but am looking to buy a Bokashi bin for this rather. We are busy ordering stock in now and will soon have Bokashi bins available to buy online at We will do a post and mailer as soon as we have them in but if you want us to let you know personally when they are in, drop us a call or email and we will do so with pleasure)

I take batteries and printer cartridges to my local Pick n Pay for recycling and take electronic waste to the Desco  Electronic waste bin at my local Makro. I give my old clothes and furniture away to my gardener, housekeeper or local community centre.

I have a very dusty black bin in my courtyard where I throw everything else. Its usually empty. I hardly ever throw any waste out as municipal landfill waste.

When I started recycling I kept the standard black waste bag in my kitchen bin and the recycling bin outside. One day, one of my children suggested we do it the other way around. And so we did. The recycling bin came inside and the standard way of waste disposal got put outside never to be used much again.

We have a recycling directory section on the Naturalwise blog with a few contact details for recycling companies.You can view it by clicking here. We would love to build this section with more reycling resources. Send us details of the recyclers in your area and we will gladly add them to this directory.

Recycling is not difficult. But it is a new habit and like all new habits takes some time and effort to start and then becomes almost effortless. The more we share our resources and ideas the easier it becomes for all of us.

How do you recycle?  Please share your recycling tips and ideas with us.



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  1. Janet

    Hi, I take most of my recyclable waste to the large NGK church in Moreletta Park, Pretoria East. They accept almost everything. I pass the church every day for work and go to the dumping area about once a week; it only takes 5 minutes to offload. I have a wormery for kitchen waste and a large compost bin for food not suitable for the wormery which ultimately ends up in the main compost heap. My compost heap is regularly turned and layered with all my newspapers, old telephone books and cardboard boxes then sprinkled with shredded comfrey and yarrow leaves; this gives me lots of compost. I have a mulcher and after I have had a pruning session the twigs and small branches are mulched and added to the compost heap along with all the lawn clippings and weeds.

    When I spring clean I take saleable items to the hospice and my domestic helpers are given any unwanted furniture and clothing. I make dusters and cleaning rags out of really old clothes and I over-lock the edges to make them last longer.

    I prefer to buy food items in glass wherever possible and I save all my glass jars for storing food in the pantry and for making herbal tinctures and storing herbs and seeds. Where I can I buy products such as washing powder in large plastic buckets rather than in packets or boxes and then I reuse the plastic containers for gardening, for storage for hobbies and for other uses. Several 5L water bottles are refilled with tap water and kept in the garage for those times when the water has been cut off due to leaks – which often happens. I buy some things in bulk and then vacuum seal into smaller quantities which usually results in less packaging to be thrown away.

    The Pretoria Hospice takes paper but not glass. The Centurion Hospice takes most items. The Spar at Moreletta Plaza has several bins for paper, bottles, plastic, batteries etc.

    Some years ago we could buy foam plugs to put into the water pipes, just below the inspection joint. This enabled us to put a hose fitting on and direct the waste water onto the garden or into a water container. Would you know if anyone is marketing something like this at the moment? I recently read an article on showering while standing in a large basin and reusing the water. I have tried it and it works well, however, carrying buckets of water through the house to use on the garden is not always physically feasible. Any suggestions on water saving would be appreciated.

    Regards, Janet

  2. Mima


    Does anyone know where to take Tetrapack for recycling?

    There is an old article on the web saying that Tetrapack South Africa has a recycling plant in Germiston, and a few depots are mentioned, but they all seem to be in industrial areas, and not accessible to general public.

    My family produces so much Tetrapack waste, it’s scary…

  3. Gareth (Desco)

    As per Tetra Pak SA – take these items to Gayatri Paper Mill in Germiston for recycling

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