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.