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you can recycle tetra pak!
Submitted by sproutingforth on Tue, 2009-04-21 11:00
I have to confess to sending various irate messages to Tetra Pak over the last year about their apparent lack of recycling facilities in Cape Town, or the country for that matter.
The perception out there, despite their very obvious drive to recycle overseas, is that one can't recycle tetra pak, and there are a fair amount of them if you consider things like fruit juice, some olive oil, long-life milk and custard all come in these containers – they heap up over time!
Despite receiving absolutely no reply to any of my emails, it seems Tetra Pak have been recycling, and some time ago we heard that there were a couple of drop-off sites in Cape Town.
The good news is that there are 18 different drop-offs around Cape Town, 22 points in Johannesburg and 1 in Durban (1288 Old North Coast Road is where the actual recycling takes place). Provided you're prepared to collect the Tetra Paks, wash and take them to various collection points around the city yourself – it shouldn't be too difficult as there are enough to have one relatively close to you.
If you're like us, then the drop-off closest to you also takes other recycling and you can offload all your overflowing boxes at once.
The more that are collected the more likely that further collection points result – hopefully in time there will even be rural collections made. So spread the word and let others know about them.
Drop-off points in Cape Town include: Kuils River, Bellville, Table View, Green Point, Constantia, the City Bowl, Hout Bay and Salt River. For the full list of collection points. Click here for the detailed list of drop-offs in Cape Town.
Drop-off points in Jo'burg include: Bedfordview, Greenside, Marlboro, Midrand, Norwood, Olifantsfontein and Kyalami. Click here for the detailed list of drop-offs in Johannesburg.