Waste | WWF South Africa

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Becoming waste-wise

As a society, we tend to believe that more money and owning more things will bring us status, fulfilment and happiness.
This lifestyle, though, leads to quick turnaround of food and other goods that are ultimately discarded in crowded landfills.

When arguing for a more sustainable lifestyle, we tend to think that this implies living in a cave or depriving ourselves of all life’s good things. It’s not. It’s about a smarter lifestyle. Look at what you need to be comfortable, don’t buy anything that is not necessary and you won’t end up wasting money on the things you don’t need.

Former Uruguayan president José Mujica is famous for his stance on consumerism and sums it up pretty well: “When you buy something, you’re not paying money for it; you’re paying with the hours of life you had to spend earning that money.”

Food for thought.

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Find a recycling depot

You'll be amazed at how close you live to one. Find out!

Reduce your waste by recycling

Recycling is one of the quickest, easiest and most reliable ways to reduce your personal footprint.


Recycling is overshadowed by misleading myths and perceptions, most of which are untrue.

Find out more by clicking on the picture below.

South Africans getting it right


Not everything you throw out has to be considered trash. There's a million things you can do to re-use your old things.

Learn about upcycling and Go Beyond The Hour!

Here's a bunch of great ideas if you're feeling creative, complete with easy-to-follow instructions.

Don't be shy! This is your time to be fun and free.

Some inspiration and ideas:

Some simple alternatives will dramatically reduce your footprint. Click on the image for some ideas!