GreenQueen is more than our company name – it is part of our ethos and way of living! Being kind to the earth and using resources wisely should be a way of living. 11 to 17 September 2017 is National Clean-up and Recycling Week, with Saturday 16 September focusing specifically on recycling, as National Recycling Day.


We simply love Bea Johnson’s 5 ‘R’s – ‘Refuse what you do not need, Reduce what you do need, Reuse what you consume, Recycle what you cannot Refuse, Reduce or Reuse, and Rot (Compost) the rest’


Recycling for your average suburban household in South Africa can be a bit of a schlep: the infrastructure for collecting recyclable material isn’t really in place – yet. Households generally have to separate their rubbish ‘at source’ and then take the recyclables to a municipal drop-off centre or a buy-back centre because there’s not much in the way of national kerbside collection. Perhaps more people who would recycle if they knew how to. This guide, courtesy of Treevolution aims to help you get started, and shows you where to recycle.


What can you recycle?

  1. Metal – such as cans, tins, foil


  1. Glass (however there are exceptions – read the full guide in the link)


  1. Paper (however there are exceptions – read the full guide in the link)


  1. Plastics – look for the recycling logo on the packaging


  1. Tetrapak – containers look like they’re made out of paper, but they are lined with aluminium foil and plastic must be recycled separately


  1. Batteries