Colour Coded Waste Bins

Colour Coded Waste Bins

It’s very easy to reduce your building waste by sorting your waste as and when you dispose of it. A colour coded waste system does the trick by offering a bin for a specific waste category. Paper, cardboard, cans, scrap metal, plastic, glass, lubricating oils, as well as unusual items such as cards and appliances can usually all be recycled. The key is to change waste disposal habits by educating your staff and guests through proper signage reminding them to take the time to place waste material into the correct bin.

Waste collection services operate in most major cities around the country. They may charge for the collection service but these ‘charges’ are set to reduce or disappear as local government and councils subsidise recycling initiatives. In some areas, farm feed suppliers will either pay to collect your food waste or provide the service free of charge.

What you need to know:

  • There is no national waste colour coding system in South Africa. Local Councils and waste collection companies generally will supply their own colour coded wheelie bins specifying the type of waste for each colour
  • Dirty recyclable materials, laminates made of mixed material e.g. plastic-paper, paper-metal foil laminates and some already recycled packaging are not suitable for recycling
  • Dispose of all your organic waste by starting a compost heap or your own earthworm farm
  • It is important to educate your staff and guests on the importance of correct waste disposal
  • Colour coding waste bins can be introduced as a feature in your guests’ rooms
  • Where possible, try to source bins made from recycled plastic

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