Why use wholeearth?

Why use Whole Earth Recycling?

  • Whole Earth Recycling provides a simple, reliable and hassle-free way to recycle.
  • All of your recycling can be placed into the same blue recycling refuse bags – you don’t have to sort the recyclable material into different bags.
  • We collect your recycling every week, except on public holidays.
  • Whole Earth Recycling provides a personalised service.
  • By supporting Whole Earth Recycling you are supporting a wonderful community based project; a group of 24 sorters calling themselves Hawk Flight.
  • By recycling you are contributing towards job creation (a total of around 40 people), through the Whole Earth Recycling admin team, the drivers, and the truck assistants (loaders) as well as the community based project, while reducing the impact that we are having on our environment. Every little bit helps!
Why is it important to Recycle?

Recycling:

  • Conserves our irreplaceable natural resources.
  • Prevents the waste of potentially useful materials
  • Avoids the environmentally damaging process of mining or harvesting new virgin materials.
  • Creates employment through collection, separation and reprocessing of recyclables.
  • Decreases amount of waste disposed at landfill sites thus reducing the negative health, safety and environmental impacts resulting from waste disposal at landfill sites.
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A few facts…

For every ton of paper recycled we save…

  • – 17 trees
  • – 4000kw of energy
  • – 15 000 litres of water
  • – 27kg’s of air pollution
  • – 2.2 cubic meters in landfill space
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Community Development Program

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Our Community Development Program

  • The recyclable material that Whole Earth Recycling collects is sorted by the Hawk Flight team, currently a group of 24 sorters.
  • Hawk Flight generate an income for themselves by sorting and selling the material to local buy-back centres.
  • This is Hawk Flight’s only source of income and without it they could be rummaging through Municipal refuse bins (in most cases mixed with expired food etc.) in order to gather recyclables to sell.
  • Currently Hawk Flight sorts up to 120 tons of recyclable material every month!
  • If Whole Earth Recycling collects more recyclable material, Hawk Flight are able to sort this material and increase their earnings.

How you can help Hawk Flight

  • Just by recycling you are helping Hawk Flight.
  • Please let us know if you would like to donate blankets or clothes that are still in good condition but don’t fit anymore – please don’t put old torn clothes in your recycling bags as they can’t be recycled.
  • Please make sure that there is no residual liquid or food waste in your plastic and glass bottles, glass jars, plastic food packaging, food and beverage cans and cartons, especially in summer months as this can be very unpleasant for the sorters.
  • Only place recyclable material into your blue recycling refuse bags!

*Did you know that if you throw non-recyclable waste into your blue recycling refuse bags Hawk Flight and/or Whole Earth Recycling have to pay a waste company to come and collect the material and take it to landfill?!*

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Recycling Collection Service.

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Recyclable Items

What we can and what we cant recycle...

Cans / Metal

Cans / Metal

Posted by whole earth on Apr 8, 2013

Recycling these materials helps us to make… Assorted metal products including vehicle parts and ornaments. Beverage cans – eg cooldrink & beer (aluminium) Food tins – eg dog food, coffee, beans (steel) Clean paint tins Steel oil drums Aerosol cans eg.deodorant, hair spray, polish Braai grids, sieves, dish drainers Metal Aluminum (frames, doors and gates) Light Steel (Roofing Zinc) Heavy Steel (windows frames) by arrangement please Aluminium/tin foil Aluminium food trays Remember all dirty cans need to be washed first Gas bottles Door handles, locks, nuts, bolts Benefits of recycling cans & metal Recycling just one can saves enough energy to run a 100w light bulb for 3 hours. Creating products from new aluminium uses 100 times the power as using recycled...

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Tetra Pak

Tetra Pak

Posted by whole earth on Apr 8, 2013

Recycling these materials helps us to make… This process separates the paper fibres from the plastic and aluminium, with fibres being used to produce new paper products. The plastic and aluminium fractions can be used either as a fuel by utilising their energy content, or they can be recycled into new products Tetra Pak (cartons made with paper, foil & plastic) Long Life milk & juice cartons Custard cartons Remember all dirty tetra paks need to be rinsed first Benefits of recycling Tetra Paks The most common method of recycling Tetra Pak packages is by re-pulping in paper mills.  ...

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Plastic

Plastic

Posted by whole earth on Apr 8, 2013

Recycling these materials helps us to make… PET -Shirts, camping Gear, X-rays, pillows, jackets and clothes PE-HD – Refuse bins and bags, irrigation pipes, buckets, garden furniture, shopping bags PVC – Shoe soles, door mats, hoses, garden fencing, car mats, window frames PE-LD – Refuse bags, building film, irrigation pipes, outdoor furniture, containers PP – Bottles and containers, paint trays, buckets, garden furniture, crates, boxes, ropes PS – Hangers, foam cups, rulers, foam packaging, picture frames Other – Plastic lumber and custom-made products 1 – PET – Polyethylene terephthalate Bottles: cooldrink, water, squashes, salad dressing, honey, sauce, peanut butter, oil 2 – PE-HD – High-density polyethylene Bottles: milk, juice, shampoo detergent bottles eg. handy andy dishwashing liquid 3 – PVC – Polyvinyl chloride Electrical cabling insulation 4 – PE-LD – Low-density polyethylene Frozen veggie bags, bread bags, Milk sachets Shopping bags Black bin bags Drink pack wrappers eg. 6 pack of beer/soft drink Bubblewrap 5 – PP – Polypropylene Yoghurt & ice cream containers Margarine tubs Medication bottles Plastic bowls, cups, plates (must say PP) Garden furniture Buckets 6 – PS – Polystyrene Clean WHITE Polysterene White polystyrene cups & food containers 7 – O – Other Plastic and Polysterene * Remember all dirty plastic needs to be rinsed first Large Bottles (3-5litres or more) Fruit & Veg bags – crinkly / noisy ones Chip packets, sweet wrappers, tea bag wrappers Cup-a-soup packets Biscuit wrappers Dog & cat food sachets Rubber (tyres and tubes) Washing powder bags Dog food bags Cat litter bags (plastic lined) Shiny-coated black and white food trays DVD/CD covers Black polystyrene Clear food packaging Trays...

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Electrical Waste

Electrical Waste

Posted by whole earth on Apr 5, 2013

Recycling these materials helps us to make… Metal components, plastic, glass etc. Small items -eg. toasters, irons, kettles etc. Computers & components and printers DVD/CD/VCR/MP3 players etc. by arrangement please Fridges, Freezers, Stoves etc. Old Geysers TVs Cell phones X-Rays Batteries (can be dropped off at builders warehouse) Benefits of recycling e-waste & other items Recycling of e-waste considerably contributes to the reduction of green house gas emissions, thereby lowering the common carbon...

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Glass

Glass

Posted by whole earth on Apr 4, 2013

Recycling these materials helps us to make… Glass bottles, highway reflectors, fiberglass, lamp shades, vases The items can be recycled:   Cooldrink bottles Beer bottles Sauce bottles Wine bottles Jam Jars Spice bottles Remember all dirty glass items need to be rinsed first The items can NOT be recycled:   Drinking Glasses Ceramics, cups and plates Light bulbs (can be dropped off at builders warehouse) Mirrors Window glass Car windscreens & light covers Benefits of recycling glass Each ton of recycled glass saves us about 18 litres of oil, 1.5 cubic meters of landfill space, 5.5kg’s of air pollution and enough energy to run a TV solidly for 13 days....

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Paper and Cardboard

Paper and Cardboard

Posted by whole earth on Apr 4, 2013

Recycling these materials can help us to make… Linerboards, cardboard, egg trays, bath tissue products, kitchen and industrial paper towelling, etc. Benefits of recycling paper & cardboard Recycling paper saves energy & saves our trees. It also creates less toxic bi-products and helps our over-crowded landfills. 54kg’s of recycled newspaper will save 1 tree. The average person uses about 50kg’s of paper a year. The recycling of 1 ton of paper material will save about 3 cubic meters of landfill space.   * Please ensure all paper & cardboard is kept dry. Do not put with wet recycling.   White & colour office paper Writing, computer & invoice paper Envelopes (without windows) Gift wrapping paper Cardboard Cereal boxes Core from toilet rolls and paper towels Boxes and cartons (printed and unprinted) Books Magazines Flyers & catalogues Newspapers Telephone books Banana boxes Egg boxes   Laminated, plasticized (shiny) coated paper Carbon Paper Tissues Paper Towel Waxed and grease proof paper Waxed plastic coated paper Overheads projector...

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