Reasons To Recycle


 “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children”

Native American Proverb

Packaging, packaging packaging

Have you ever noticed just how much packaging is used on our everyday products? Food, toiletries, anything for our personal use, it has all been wrapped and bagged for freshness, to make our lives more convenient and simpler, and to look more appealing. But once we take the packaging off, it gets thrown out as waste. 

Instead of adding to already overburdened landfills, our waste can be broken down to its basic components and then re-used to manufacture other packaging products.

Let’s choose to do something about this waste by recycling. And with Recycle 1st, recycling couldn’t be easier.

Here are some more reasons to recycle:
  • Recycling is a necessity as we do not have an abundance of natural resources. Our consumption of products happens far too quickly for nature to naturally give us a supply.

  • Recycling reduces the need for land filling and incineration.                                      

  • Recycling decreases emissions of greenhouse gases that contribute to global climate change.

  • Recycling helps sustain the environment for future generations.

  • Recycling conserves natural resources such as timber, water and minerals.

  • Recycling reduces pollution caused by the manufacturing of products from virgin materials.

Is the situation at home really that bad?

Well, it is estimated that landfill void space will run out between 4 to 16 years. A long way off?  Not really!


Looking at the actual situation of our local landfills we find the lifespans as follows: Bellville South landfill: 0 years; Vissershok: 6 years; Coastal Park: 2 years


Although landfills may not be full just yet, we are still polluting the environment for generations to come. It is our responsibility to safeguard the environment right now so those generations have a chance at a waste-less world.