What to Recycle

Most recycling collectors will say yes to:


  • 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


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

Cartons / Tetrapak

  • Empty milk and juice cartons


  • Printer cartridges
  • e-waste

Most recycling collectors will say no to:

  • Food, NO teabags, NO coffee grinds (those to be composted)
  • Disposable coffee cups
  • Nutriday or small Danone and the likes Yoghurt Containers
  • Code 3, 6 and 7 Plastics
  • Ceramics or crockery, NO mirrors
  • Floor tiles
  • Waxed paper, NO Tissues, NO paper napkins & serviettes
  • Stickers or Sticker backing
  • Sweet and chocolate wrappers, NO chip packets
  • Window glass and other tempered glass
  • Containers holding poisonous substances
  • Batteries, NO light bulbs
  • Tubes e.g.beauty product or toothpaste
  • Foil lined pharmaceuticals tablets
  • Pesticide containers
  • 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!