Your guide to properly recycling plastic packaging

Your guide to properly recycling plastic packaging
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Plastic fantastic: A guide to properly recycling used plastic packaging

Recycling is a word we’re all familiar with – but do you know how to efficiently sort materials out that can be recycled and reused?

Your guide to properly recycling plastic packaging

Your guide to properly recycling plastic packaging
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Recycling is a word we’re all familiar with – but do you know how to go about efficiently sorting out materials that can be recycled and reused?

To encourage more South Africans to recycle, non-profit organisation Polyco has launched a “How to Recycle” series as part of it’s “Million+ Plastic Recycling Revolution campaign”.

The series offers user-friendly content that guides users on best practices, whether you are at home, work, or school.

Of the series and campaign, Polyco’s Brand Manager Nicola Rowe said: “We are aiming at getting more that one million South Africans to recycle their used plastic packaging.

“Action spreads through word-of-mouth and Million+ is based on this concept. If each person encourages another to recycle, we can drive a recycling revolution in South Africa that will eventually put an end to plastic in the natural environment.”

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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 recyclables 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 it is collected in your area. Alternatively, drop them off at the nearest local depot.


Recycling at school should involve your peers. 

Be the champion that drives an eco-club that oversees all classroom recycling. Appoint classroom reps to record what is being thrown away and what is being recycled. 

Polyco has designed a full classroom checklist for help implement recycle efforts at schools. An important step to complete your schools programme is to partner with a recycling collection service nearby.

Do you want to start recycling at school but don’t know how? We’ve created a ‘How To Recycle’ series to help you out! Head on over to our website to read more.

Posted by Million Plus on Friday, 18 March 2022


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. When all the important stakeholders have been informed, put your waste audit findings and recycle 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.


The “How to Recycle” series is available on Polyco’s Million+ website with easy-to-navigate tabs and content sections that have been adapted according to where a user would like to start recycling.

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