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Your waste…

Check out this new recycling service. Want to know where you can recycle in your area, check out My Waste. Seems to work better with postcodes. Try it out… What do you guys think?

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Treecycling

With the festive season almost upon us (again), I thought I would share this this environmentally-friendly Christmas tree in Sydney, made of bicycles that were destined for the recycling yard. The bicycle tree, dubbed the Tree-Cycle, is made of 100 old bikes donated by a local recycling company.

The 23-foot-tall Tree-Cycle took eight weeks to construct. The bike frames were spray-painted tree green and the tyres sprayed in various colours to make them look like Christmas lights. Pretty cool 🙂 !

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Recycled plastic in food packaging

What do you think of this? Good that plastic is being recycled? Or should all of their packaging be recycled materials? 🙂

In attempts to find more environmentally friendly packaging solutions and reduce its carbon footprint, Woolworths has now become the first major South African retailer to begin using post-consumer recycled plastic in foods packaging. Since the beginning of September, Woolworths ready-to-eat sandwiches have been packed in containers made with 30% rPET (recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate) made from recycled plastic bottles. Recycling 1 ton of PET bottles not only saves 6.2 cubic metres of landfill space but also saves enough energy to keep a 15 watt energy-saver light glowing for 24 hours. Woolworths first began using rPET fibre several years ago for the filling in duvets and pillows.

Woolworths is currently working towards moving beyond the 30% mark and also plans to roll out rPET packaging to juice bottles and other plastic packaging shortly. Zyda Rylands, Managing Director of Foods at Woolworths explains that

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Recycling old paint & chemicals. Help!

Does anyone know how / where to recycle / safely dispose of old paint & chemicals, sealants etc. in Cape Town? I use abundance recycling but they don’t take such things….. I’m thinking if I take it with my charity box to Nazareth House they might just chuck in the trash, which is not the point. Help?? (have been googling, only to find “get creative with your old paint and decorate your plant pots” hmmm….)

Marian Park-Ross

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Recycle this!

Recycling can be a task. You need to separate your waste and haul it off somewhere. Surprisingly, it is more of a task in Cape Town as the Municipality doesn’t offer recycling bags for paper and cardboard or a recycling collection service. Think again! Recycling can be easy!