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Recycling by the numbers

12 September 2014

  • 1.17-million tons of paper recovered for recycling in 2013.*
  • Mpact Recycling collected 457 000 tons of paper for recycling in 2013.
  • 62% of paper that can be recycled was actually collected.*
  • Paper can be recycled up to seven times before the fibres degrade.*
  • Recycling paper saves landfill space equivalent 1 403 Olympic-size pools.*
  • Recycling increases earnings of waste collectors, usually their only source of income.
  • Mpact buys waste paper from over 100 independent dealers across SA.
  • Mpact has empowered over 40 entrepreneurial companies to do collections.

* Source: Paper Recycling Association of SA

Home recycling guide

Yes to recycling

  • Any form of paper
  • Old memos/letters
  • Cereal boxes (flattened)
  • Photocopying paper
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Old telephone directories & books
  • School books
  • Junk mail
  • Catalogues
  • Envelopes   

Not for recycling

  • Polystyrene or paper cups and plates
  • Yoghurt cartons
  • Sweet / chip wrappers
  • Blueprint paper
  • Organic material (food and vegetables)
  • Cigarette ends
  • Carbon paper
  • Tissues and paper towels
  • Any bags with a foiled lining e.g. dog food bags
  • Post-it notes
  • Wax paper or waxed cartons

Who to call about paper recycling

National: 0800 022 112

Website: www.mpactrecycling.co.za

E-mail: info@mpact.co.za

Gauteng:

Tulisa Park: 011 538 8600

Midrand:  011 315 8450

Pretoria West: 012 380 0920

Springs: 011 360 4460

Western Cape:

Parow: 021 931 5106

KwaZulu Natal:

Richards Bay: 035 751 1722

Durban: 031 274 6600

Source: MPACT