Recycling is an important part of integrated waste management and has the following benefits:

SAVES RAW MATERIALS - Using recyclables rather than raw material to make new products .  

Uses less energy, water and other resources during the manufacturing process.  Saves natural resources as recyclables are used as raw materials

REDUCES POLLUTION - Using recyclables rather than raw material to make new products.  Could result in less air and water pollution during the manufacturing process

SAVES LANDFILL SPACE - Using recyclables as raw materials results in less waste going to landfill, and extends the life of landfills so saving scarce landfill space,  saves the cost of purchasing and maintaining new landfill sites, reduces the cost of transporting waste

REDUCES LITTERING - Collecting potential waste for recycling.  Could reduce littering could minimise the negative impact of litter on the environment and tourism, could reduce the cost of picking up litter

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   Beverage bottles

   Food jars such as tomato sauce, jam and mayonnaise bottles

The following CANNOT be recycled

   Drinking glasses

   Light bulbs  – ordinary and energy-saving compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) – and fluorescent tubes. NB CFLs and fluorescent tubes should not be thrown away with ordinary rubbish. They contain mercury, a toxin that can leach into the soil and groundwater if not disposed of properly. Take your old CFLs to the drop-off points at Pick n Pay and Woolworths stores where they will be disposed of safely. If you don’t have this option, place your old CFLs in a sealed plastic bag before you throw them in the bin.


   White office paper

   Magazines and books (as long as nothing is laminated)


   Cardboard (boxes and cereal boxes).

The following CANNOT be recycled:

   Laminated or waxy paper

   Punch confetti

   Carbon paper



Plastics are made from oil, a non-renewable resource, and much of the plastic packaging we use every day is recyclable. Ice cream and milk containers, fabric softener bottles, plastic bags and even cling-wrap can all be recycled.

The easiest way to determine whether a plastic product is recyclable is by looking for its recycling logo. There are seven plastic recycling logos and most plastic packaging is imprinted with one of them. The logos tell you what type of plastic a container is made of. Each type has to be recycled separately.


Fruit juice and milk containers look like they’re made out of paper, but they are lined with aluminium foil and plastic so they must be recycled separately.


Disposable batteries are not recycled – this is apparently because the material recovery rate is too small to make recycling economically viable. But they should not be thrown away with ordinary household waste either, because they contain toxic chemicals that can leach into the soil and groundwater. Rechargeable batteries, on the other hand, are recyclable. Add to this the fact that they last a lot longer than ordinary batteries and you have a compelling argument to buy rechargeables from now on.


You CANNOT recycle


   Ceramics (plates).


At Eco Pathways we are passionate about recycling and have sourced the simplest, easiest ways to do so.  Contact us for more information.



   Colddrink and beer cans

   Food tins

   Metal lids of glass jars

   Aluminium cans,  foil and foil packaging

   Paint, oil and aerosol cans

   Rusty cans can be recycled

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