Johannesburg recycling


Watch: How recycling in Johannesburg works, from start to finish [video]

Watch a detergent bottle go through the new recycling waste management system in Johannesburg over here:

Johannesburg recycling


Since 1 July, recycling became mandatory for residents in Johannesburg.

Plans were announced at the beginning of June by Mayoral Committee Member Nico de Jager to make thoughtful waste disposal a compulsory part of Jozi living because, apparently, of all the country’s waste, only 10.8% of it is recycled.

Items to be recycled include plastics, glass, cell phones, cans, building rubble, broken or disused vehicle parts and garden waste.

As we are almost two months into mandatory recycling, Multimedia Live through Times Live, followed a detergent bottle from a Midrand household through the new recycling waste management system to see exactly what happens to items when they are recycled in Johannesburg.

Here’s what they found:

The recycling process:

  • The bottle starts off in special recycling bags provided and then picked up by Phambili Waste Management.
  • The recycle bags are then taken to a recycling depot where they are manually sorted.
  • After being sorted, the bottle is baled together with other products made with the same type of plastic.
  • Baled plastics are then transported to a factory where they will take a new form.
  • There they are shredded, washed and dried.
  • It is then heated through a machine and cut into plastic pebbles taking on a new form.
  • These pebbles are sent to factories that give it new life.

Also read: Johannesburg Recycling: Waste pickers and collectors offered recycling training

Watch the recycling process, from start to finish in Johannesburg over here:

Also read: Johannesburg recycling: What are residents required to do?

Johannesburg residents might be penalized if they do not recycle.

Nico de Jager revealed to us earlier this month that users who are blatantly refusing to comply will face penalties in the months ahead:

“It’s going to be a project that we phase in, but over the next six months, we will be looking to give out penalties to residents who aren’t compliant. We don’t know what those penalties will be yet, though.”