Recycling project for Mount Moreland Conservancy
Taking part in recycling the waste we produce makes us think about the effect we are
having on our environment and enables us to contribute towards a greater level of sustainability and living a
greener life. Recycling is one of the best ways for you to have a positive impact on the world in which we live.
Recycling is important to both the natural environment and us.
Join the recycling
I was advised that this is purely for glass bottles and glass jars, whole or
Strictly NO window panes, NO light bulbs.
Anything metal can go in these, e.g.:
- Steel beverage cans (soft drinks and beer)
- Aluminum cans
- Food (Milo, pet food, baked beans, soup, tuna etc)
- Coffee tins
- Aerosol cans
- Oil cans from Kitchen
- Bottle tops/caps
- Foil used, aluminum cooking trays, pie tray etc
Please support this project
Why recycle glass?
Glass Recycling is Good for the Environment
A glass bottle that is sent to a landfill can take up to a million years to break down.
By contrast, it takes as little as 30 days for a recycled glass bottle to leave your kitchen recycling bin and
appear on a store shelf as a new glass container.
Glass Recycling is Sustainable
Glass containers are 100-percent recyclable, which means they can be recycled repeatedly, again
again, with no loss of purity or quality in the glass.
Effectively this means it can be recycled forever, so the benefits of recycling your glass should be as clear
as the glass itself.
In South Africa alone, 540 million tons of waste is produced each year.While glass only accounts for about 4.7%
of the country’s total waste, government’s drive to achieve a zero waste society by 2022 will require more
commitment to glass recycling as a “green” Behaviour.
For recycling to function effectively, everyone must participate in each phase of the process.
Participants include government and industry, recycling organisations, small businesses, and people at home; in
every South African can make recycling a part of their daily
Prevents useful material (resources) being wasted, reduces the consumption of raw materials and reduces energy
usage -- and hence greenhouse gas emissions -- compared to using raw material.
This therefore reduces the amount of waste going to landfill or littering our beautiful landscape
Reduces energy wastage and electricity use. For instance, recycling just one glass bottle saves the same amount
of energy as powering a 100-watt light bulb for an hour
Requires significantly less energy, water and other resources to manufacture new products than making use of
new raw materials. For example, cullet melts at a lower temperature so glass factories therefore require less
energy to produce the same quantities of glass.
Recycling reduces the demand for raw materials.
There is no shortage of the materials used, but they do have to be quarried from our landscape, so from this
point of view, there are environmental advantages to recovering and recycling glass.
For every ton of recycled glass used, 1.2 ton of raw materials are preserved.
Although glass is inert and is not directly hazardous to the environment, it will remain there
Just one ton of waste glass (cullet) will generate one ton of new glass. In contrast, it takes about 1.2 tons
of raw material to manufacture one ton of new glass.
It is so simple and easy to recycle beverage bottles, food and condiment containers and jars that are made
And by recycling glass, you are reducing your carbon footprint.
With this in mind, you really have no excuse not to connect with the glass recycling movement -
Why recycle tin cans?
In Southern Africa, over two billion steel beverage cans – beer, soft drinks, cider, fruit juices and
others – are consumed every year. They are 100% recyclable.
Why should people recycle cans in South Africa? The benefits are amazing. The energy saved by recycling a
single can is enough to power a TV for 3 hours or one 100-watt light bulb for 20 hours.
Aluminum otherwise would take 500 years to decompose.