Our expert says:
Great that you want to start! Recycling's still not that straightforward in South Africa, but it's getting easier. The first thing you need to do is find a recycler near you who can come and pick up your recyclables; otherwise you need to take them to a recycling depot(s) yourself. If you tell me what part of the country you're in I can post some details about who to contact. You can also ask your municipality to help with contacts.
You can recycle a lot of things, but not all. The main groups are glass, metal (cans), paper, plastics, and then there's also e-waste (like old computers and cell-phones) and oil. Some can't be recycled: light bulbs, drinking glasses, paper that's wet, soiled, or (often) that's attached to plastic/metal layers.
Again it's best to find out exactly from your local recycler what they do and don't recycle, and what kind of containers they'd like the stuff in. usually you do need to separate recycleables.
Please let me know if I can supply you with more info.
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