Frequently Asked Questions

Does Postwink do collections of the recyclables collected?

The short answer is No. That said, we are here to help! If you provide us with your town and suburb, we can assist with putting you in touch with companies that will collect from you. Else, visit our Recycling Collectors page for a list of companies collecting recyclables nationwide, as well as a list of some drop-off areas.

How do I get a list of prices from Postwink?

The latest prices are available on one of the appropriate brochures, which can be downloaded from the website, by clicking on Brochure. Else, you can complete a Contact us on our website, or e-mail us at info@postwink.co.za or call us on 021-447 8783.

Where I find Postwink Recycling Bins in my town?

Postwink does not have a shop from which bins can be purchased (yet!). However, we will deliver our products nationwide by using a reliable courier delivery company. Call or e-mail at info@postwink.co.za. to get a formal quotation and place an order.

How do I place an order?

Orders can be placed by completing a Contact us on this website (Contact) or by sending an e-mail to info@postwink.co.za. When placing an order, please remember to confirm your quantities and whether you know the type of recycling bins you would like.

Once an order has been placed, a proforma invoice will be issued to confirm the total cost of your order including delivery. A Tax invoice is issued on receipt of your 50% pre-payment.

What are the Terms of Payment?

In general, we require 50% payment to confirm your order, with the balance payable prior to your order being dispatched. Payments must be made via deposits or EFT, as unfortunately we do not accept cheques nor Credit Cards.

What are your lead times?

The majority of recycling bins are customer-made on order. Hence, expect a lead time varying from 2-4 weeks for your order. Although most of our recycle bins are made in South Africa, some recycling bins are imported and, depending on stock availability, those particular imported units may take up to 12 weeks.

Can I use my own colours for the various waste types, or must I adhere to the colours recommended by Postwink?

Generally, you can use the colours you prefer – unless you are ordering just 1 EcoLid (where a minimum of 2 EcoLids must be ordered for colour changes). Although there are no international standards with regards to the colours used, we do recommend sticking to the “most common” colours that are being used in the recycling industry in South Africa, in order to maintain a degree of consistency and to not confuse the public, your staff or family. See our recommended pallet of colours below

What are the default colours per waste or which colours would Postwink recommend per waste-type?

There are currently no standard for colours used to differentiate the various recyclable waste, however we do believe in standardising these as much as we can in order to avoid confusion and educate more people about recycling. Unless requested otherwise, Postwink will use the following colours:

  • Blue for Paper
  • Green for Glass
  • Yellow for Plastics
  • Light grey/Silver for Cans, Tins and ferrous Metals (although, if no hazardous waste is collected, red is often used for metal)
  • Red (& sometimes Orange) for Hazardous Waste (including Medical Waste and oil cans)
  • Brown for Organic/Compostable Waste or Food/Wet waste
  • Green for Mixed Recycling or Recyclable dry waste
  • Black/Dark charcoal for non-recyclable, general (non-toxic) waste (i.e. the only waste which should be going to landfill)

A lot of the Postwink products use vinyls to label or brand the recycling bins. How do I clean vinyl?

In order to ensure the longest lifespan possible for your product, you need to clean the EcoCylinder lids and all vinyl labelling using only soap or mild detergent (like dishwashing liquid) in warm water, applied with a soft cloth or nylon sponge and then dry the vinyl with a soft cloth. Please do not use harsh detergents. This will shorten the lifespan of your vinyl, as well as being unkind to the environment.

A lot of the Postwink products use vinyls to label or brand the recycling bins. How do I clean vinyl?

In order to ensure the longest lifespan possible for your product, you need to clean the EcoCylinder lids and all vinyl labelling using only soap or mild detergent (like dishwashing liquid) in warm water, applied with a soft cloth or nylon sponge and then dry the vinyl with a soft cloth. Please do not use harsh detergents. This will shorten the lifespan of your vinyl, as well as being unkind to the environment.

How do I clean my Postwink stainless steel recycling unit?

The stainless steel recycling unit should be cleaned using only soap or mild detergent (like dishwashing liquid) in warm water, applied with a soft cloth or nylon sponge. Please do not use harsh detergents for routine cleaning. Rinse and dry with a soft cloth and use a little olive oil to reduce the occurrence of streaks or finger prints.

Such cleaning will easily remove normal soiling. If your bin is more heavily soiled or stained, there are other methods. Please ask us for advice in this regard.

Remember however that prevention is better than cure, so try to maintain your recycling bin clean and dry at all times, to avoid a heavily soiled or stained bin.

What do you use to brand the outdoor Postwink igloo recycling bin?

For the igloo branding, we are using an Intercoat 1490 brand vinyl, which is a Polymeric PVC Glossy self-adhesive white vinyl. We are printing with solvent inks and apply a UVvarnish for additional UV protection. The vinyls are 80 microns and have an outdoor life expectancy of 2 years. For indoor and shaded areas (where no or little UV exposure happen), the life expectancy is approximately 5 years.

Most of your bins seem to have only one section for “plastics”. How do I know which plastics I can recycle?

In our opinion, it is very important for us, consumers, to be able to identify the various plastics we purchase – not in any detail, but just to ensure that when we purchase goods made from plastic (or packaged in plastic), we know whether our recycling collector or drop-off recycling centre accepts that particular plastic for recycling.

As consumers, we should try to avoid those plastics that are not widely recycled or recovered – especially when purchasing goods with a short lifespan.

For your convenience, Postwink has borrowed the Plastic Identification table from the Plastic Federation of South Africa (http://www.plasfed.co.za/).

Have a look – there are only 7 numbers to remember! Then, please reconfirm with your recycling collector which ones they collect. Most will collect numbers 1,2 and 5 – but still check with them as they may also collect 6 (polystyrene) or some of the others as well.

Is Polystyrene recyclable?

Yes it is. View the Polystyrene Council website for information on the various products that are made from recycled polystyrene (http://www.polystyrenepackaging.co.za). That said, not all collectors will collect as its demand in the industry varies. Hence, please check with your recycling collector before assuming they will collect it because it is recyclable.

What exactly is recyclable?

So much! From paper, tins, glass, most plastics (including those polystyrene cups), juice/milk cartons, aerosols, cartridges and e-waste (eg. computers, cellphones &appliances). For a more comprehensive list, read here: What to Recycle.