Recycle | WWF South Africa


What can I recycle?
Recycling is one of the easiest ways to help save the planet. Check out the recycling directory to find out about recycling initiatives in your area.

Put separate containers for paper, glass and plastics in your kitchen or garage and start dividing your waste. Many recycling service providers don’t even require that you separate the various recyclables in which case you can have them all in one bin. You’ll be pleasantly surprised with how few things you actually have to throw out. Soon you’ll think differently about waste. Suddenly a yogurt tub is not rubbish, but a nifty container and a jam jar becomes a new flower pot...

Here’s a guide to recyclables:

  • Newspapers
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Cereal cartons
  • Chocolate boxes
  • Toilet roll inners
  • Egg boxes
  • Gift wrap
  • Magazines
  • Tetrapak containers
  • Wine bottles
  • Beer bottles
  • Chutney bottles
  • Jam jars
  • Cool drink cans
  • Food cans
  • Lids and tops
Plastic (Check for the P codes on the bottles):

  • Water bottles
  • Soft drinks
  • Cooking oils
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Juice
  • Hard plastic fruit trays
  • Most detergents
  • Shampoo
  • Milk
  • Thin plastic bags
  • Thin plastic bags eg: Sliced bread
  • Milk bags
  • Six pack shrink wraps for beer
  • Magazine wrappers
  • Bulk toilet roll wrappers
  • Fruit and vegetable bags
  • Bubble wrap
  • Thick shopping bags
  • Ice cream tubs
  • Yogurt
  • Margarine
  • Feta
  • Ready-made meal trays
  • Fruit trays
  • Foamed meat trays
  • Fast food clamshells

    Plastics that CAN’T be recycled

  • Coat hangers

Complex laminates:
  • Pet food pouches
  • Soup pouches
  • Bacon vacuum packs.

Information: Simply Green magazine,
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Cans recycled to make stock enclosure Twyfeldfontein, Namibia
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Where can I recycle?

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Televisions, hair dryers, kettles, stoves, cell phones, radios, cameras etc. are recyclable.
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Did you know?

You can recycle your electronic waste (e-waste) which includes computers, televisions, fridges etc. Visit

Polystyrene can also recycled. Click here to find out where you nearest drop off point is.  
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Cling wrap can not be recycled. Rather store leftovers in a container.
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Stuff than CAN’T be recycled

  • Laminated or waxy paper
  • Paper plates
  • Waxy paper ream wrappers
  • Punch confetti
  • Carbon paper
  • Stickers
  • Sticky tape
  • Post-it notes
  • Disposable nappies
  • Tissues
  • Chips packets
  • Chocolate wrappers
  • Cling wrap
  • Drinking glasses

Did you know?

  • Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) are recyclable, but they have to be kept seperate from other recycling. Selected Pick n Pay and Woolworths stores provide recycle bins for CFLs.

Bye bye batteries

  • Most Pick n Pay stores have collection points for used batteries.