What can I recycle in South Africa?

MOST RECYCLING COLLECTORS WILL SAY YES TO:

PLASTICS
All Plastics with a number within a triangle -codes 1, 2, 4, 5
Milk bottles, margarine, large yoghurt tubs, cold drink bottles packaging, mayonnaise, and detergent containers
Polystyrene

ALUMINIUM & STEEL
Soft drink cans
Beer cans
Empty food tins
Bottle lids

PAPER & CARDBOARD
Newspaper
Magazines
Cardboard & cereal & food boxes
Toilet rolls & cigarette boxes
Phone books & School books
Office paper, envelopes

GLASS
All empty glass bottles and jars (unbroken glass only, if the recycling needs to be sorted)

CARTONS / TETRAPAK
Empty milk and juice cartons

OTHER - Printer cartridges, e-waste

MOST RECYCLING COLLECTORS WILL SAY NO TO:

NO food, NO teabags, NO coffee grinds (those to be composted)
NO disposable coffee cups
NO Nutriday or small Danone and the likes Yoghurt Containers
NO Code 3, 6 and 7 Plastics
NO ceramics or crockery, NO mirrors
NO floor tiles
NO waxed paper, NO Tissues, NO paper napkins & serviettes
NO Stickers or Sticker backing
NO sweet and chocolate wrappers, NO chip packets
NO window glass and other tempered glass
NO containers holding poisonous substances
NO batteries, NO light bulbs
NO tubes e.g.beauty product or toothpaste
NO foil lined pharmaceuticals tablets
NO pesticide containers
NO brakefluid or used oil

ALSO REMEMBER:

Sorting is done by hand in South Africa, hence please rinse/clean your containers and milk bottles.
Also, please empty all your bottles or jars.
This is much appreciated and ensures that these do indeed get recycled!