How much you going to pay me?

waste picker

I am doing waste collections for the past 10 years, with my dad on my side.


We have come along way, even waver the storm during Covid-19 and an Ano-Fistula.




In our 10 year tenure there is one question that gets ask, by everyone. The rich with their 3 million rand house or the maintains guy at a factory and everyone in between.


The question is:




Usually these things collected is rubbish, mostly you just want to get rid of it, but somewhere in the back of your head someone told you you can make some money off it.


Now let me give you some insight, into the process of waste collections.


1. In our instance, a vehicle gets dispatch to your home, office park, factory or retail outlet.

i. The vehicle needs Fuel to get to you, (fuel cost)

ii. If a new vehicle, monthly installment cost, insurance cost, maintenance cost.

iii. Driver and labourers cost.


2. NOW, the material collected gets transported to a facility.

i. This place is 95% rented property, thus rent or a bond must get paid.

ii. This place needs water and electricity to be able to function.

iii. Phone lines, internet and anything else needed for a business to be able to do business.


3. At the facility this material now gets off-loaded.

i. Labourers must do that, oops another cost.

ii.So what happen now? Mmm well these stuff need to get sorted into it different types of materials. Recyclables gets separated from none recyclables as well as color and number sorted.

iii. Non Recyclables gets bag.


4. None Recyclables, which add to a lot, gets now transported to a landfill site, dumping fees must be paid as well as a transportation and labour cost.


5. Recyclable material after sorting gets baled. This makes the product dense, so it becomes transport effective.


6. Material gets loaded and transported to a recycling facility.

i. Labour to load and off load.

ii. Transporting to and from the facility.

iii. Time spend in line to off-load.


7. Materials sold is sold at a very low price, market gets ruled by these companies who actually recycle the material. They in turn resell the finished recycled material back to the consumer as a new product at quadruple the cost paid for buying the waste. They recoup all there cost and even receive government subsidies.


Thus the collector is the one that struggle to survive, then people still ask?




I pay you if you do all of the above on my behalf and do the cost to company calculations

Waste-pickers lady

Chocolate Festival

#DNA EVENTSAnura Wine Estate and Chocolates?

What does they have in common??????

The 2018 Chocolate Festival. This year, Anura Wine Estate hosted this spectacular event, a real little paradise. An event with Chocolates, Wine and Live Music.


The weekend of the 18 and 19 August was a bust of VW old School Combi’s, kids and Chocolates. It was an event for everyone, kiddies rides, with Willy Wonka (from Charlie and Chocolate Factory Clan) that also made a turn to make the weekend even more spectacular. Chocolate galore any and every Chocolate lovers dream come true.


The food from the vendors was nice, but they either ran out of food or you had to Que to get something, they need to outshine themselves at next years event, queuing for food is not nice.

DNA Photo

I am forgetting Something????


Ahhh, o yes, we JHC Waste and Event Management was around to make sure that all recyclable and non-recyclable waste was removed from the Wine Estate. Lots of Bottles, Cardboard and Plastic waste was removed and recycled at the event.

The tasting room and Restaurant at Anura is worth checking out, but they did not plan ahead, not expected to have so many people coming to indulge in Chocolates. The service was slow, waited an hour to get a menu and then the Steak was disappointing. – I can cook a better one at home – Honestly ask my wife.

The in-house craft beers is a must try for beer lovers. They also have a wide variety of wines to taste, will give it a go the next time I visit.


On the Left – Loading our truck at the end of the Festival, what a great weekend.

We would like to thank Darielle for choosing us again to be part of a brilliant festival. Looking forward for the Gin and Beer Festival in November 2018


Sunset at Anura Wine Estate. The Dam and Tranquility

Recycling Mandatory in Johannesburg

Recycling is mandatory in Johannesburg from the 2nd of July 2018. 

Will the City of Cape town follow soon?

So Johannesburg have started with mandatory recycling at home, separation at source – separation at home.This initiative is great but is really aimed at the Environment or does somebody gets a financial kick-back? I read that landfill sites are filled to the brim, but this is a problem already in the 90’s so why the change of heart all of a sudden.


The Municipality of Johannesburg says that the poor trolley Waste Pickers will still be acknowledge and will be incorporated within the system. Will it only be the trolley pickers that gets acknowledge or the uncle with his old bakkie now gets kick out to do what he did for years? We will have to wait and see if this is something for Mother Nature or the friend of a friend from the municipality member.


Only time will tell. 

Mandatory means that all recyclables must be separated at source, i.e. inside the home. 


What about the materials that does not have a recycling off-set, what is going to happen to these materials? Read that plastics will be collected but it is not specified which ones is allowed. All that is said that Polystyrene is not allowed, why not? Its a material like glass that can be recycled over and over.


Food containers made from Polyethylene Terephthalate better known as P.E.T or No.1. Still is not really recyclable in South Africa, so what will happen to these little containers? That Sandwich and Cake plastic containers, they not recyclable yet, so where is is going to end up? 


The Single use plastics that cover our clothes are not yet recyclable as well so where is that going to end up?


If I am wrong at the time of writing this BLOG and some companies are already recycling these materials please contact me so that I can send my stuff to them as well.



Globally there is a movement towards the banning on single used plastics. 

What  is seen as single use plastics?

This plastics that are used once and then thrown-away. Examples are Straws, Shopping Bags, Plastics Bottles and plastic Coffee Stirrers.


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