The town of Empangeni, two hours up the coast from Durban, has launched a recycling project that commenced in the second week of August 2018. Residents have received yellow plastic bin bags in which they can dispose of clean recyclables.
The City of uMhlathuze has urged residents with the bags to rinse recyclable items such as plastic bottles before placing them in the yellow bags. Any food residue could contaminate the batch of recycling.
The yellow bags can be placed on the verge and the waste management services will collect them and send them to the recycling facility. The waste collection starts on Thursdays. Here is a list of items that can be recycled:
- Paper and newspapers
- Plastic bottles and containers
- Aluminium drinks cans
- Food cans
- Laminated milk or juice cartons
- Glass bottles
The following items should NOT be put in the recycling:
- Food waste (i.e. food scraps and leftovers)
- Electronic waste such as phones and cameras
- Clothing and material
- Garden waste such as leaves, plant trimmings and grass
This recycling initiative launched in Empangeni could spark similar projects in the rest of KwaZulu-Natal and South Africa if it is successful. Residents in Johannesburg are already recycling household waste as the local council passed a mandate to make household recycling compulsory.
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