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How to recycle at home, work, or school

Depending on whether you would like to start your recycling journey at home, work or at school, Polyco’s How to Recycle guide will clearly take you through each step.

We’ve all been told that plastic is a material that we should recycle but have you ever been correctly guided on how to recycle at home, at school or at work?

To encourage more South Africans to recycle, Polyco PRO (Plastics Responsibility Organisation) NPC, has launched its Million+ ‘How to Recycle’ series, user-friendly content that guides users on recycling best practices, whether you are at home, work, or school.

We are aiming at getting more that one million South Africans to recycle their used plastic packaging,” said Nicola Rowe, Brand Manager at Polyco.

“Our new How to Recycle series had been designed to be a user-friendly, easily accessible guide to get people started.”

Depending on whether you would like to start your recycling journey at home, work or at school, Polyco’s How to Recycle guide will clearly take you through each step.

• AT HOME

As a committed consumer, your first step is to shop for items that can be recycled. Packaging is always marked with a recycling symbol (triangle) that indicates whether it can be recycled. Your second step is to set up your home bin system that clearly separates plastic recycling from general waste. It is also important to keep your recyclables clean. Before collection, the next step is to place all recyclable material into clear bags. Non-recyclable waste should go into the standard black refuse bags. Lastly, make sure that your clear recycling bags are placed outside only on the days that recycling is collected in your area. Alternatively, drop your recycling off at the nearest local depot.

• AT SCHOOL

Recycling at school should involve your peers. Be the recycling champion that drives an eco-club that oversees all classroom recycling. Appoint classroom recycling reps to record what is being thrown away and what is being recycled. Polyco has designed a full classroom checklist for help implement recycling efforts at schools. An important step to complete your schools recycling programme is to partner with a recycling collection service nearby.

• AT WORK

Starting a recycling programme at work will need buy-in from all your colleagues and management. Start by conducting a waste audit to determine how much waste is produced, where the most is produced and how much of these volumes can be recycled. With the complete picture, approach your colleagues to get their ideas and buy-in. Once you have the commitment of your colleagues, start engaging other important stakeholders, like the facility management and local waste management service providers. Once all the important stakeholders have been informed, put your waste audit findings and recycling targets into an organisational recycling plan. Once the recycling plan has been implemented, speak to your recycling collection company about how they will report on the waste and recycling volumes collected each week.

To access Polyco’s How to Recycle series and to start your own recycling campaign, visit their Million+ website www.millionplusrecyclers.co.za

 
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