It’s tough to address the issue when South Africa has
so many pressing issues; to attend to, however ignoring this
problem will only increase the health situation, as most tropical
diseases are directly linked to sanitary and hygiene standards.
Without government commitment, stringent rules and regulations,
the tendency in big cities is to dispose of their waste as
quickly and conveniently as possible. There is defiantly a
strong need for Environmental Education in Schools and to
the general public by Government.
Recycling involves processing used materials into new products
in order to prevent the waste of potentially useful materials,
reduce the consumption of fresh raw materials, reduce energy
usage, reduce air (from incineration) and water (from landfilling)
pollution by reducing the need for "conventional"
waste disposal, and lower greenhouse gas emissions. Recycling
is a key component of modern waste management and is the third
component of the "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle"
Recyclable materials include glass, paper, metals,
textiles, electronics (cell phones, computers) and plastics.
Though similar, the composting of biodegradable waste –
such as food or garden waste – is not typically considered
recycling. These materials are brought to a collection centre
or picked-up from the curbside; and sorted, cleaned and reprocessed
into new products bound for manufacturing.