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Reduce Reuse RecycleSo, you've decided to "go green." You've replaced your regular light bulbs with energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs and purchased recycling bins.

You've even organised that pile in the garage. You know the one -- outdated audio equipment, used cans of paint, even an old car battery. You're feeling pretty proud of yourself, until you realise, "Hey. How do I get rid of all this stuff?"  

And no! You can't just put it out with the trash.

Now, that's where My Waste comes in. Log onto My Waste's Web site, type in your address and you'll be presented with a list of recycling drop-off centres in your geographical area.

Although My Waste’s primary function is to provide South Africans with the easiest way to recycle everything from a can to a computer, My Waste also posts original content and articles relevant to recycling and environmental experts offer advice and tips for living green. Once registered on the site, individual users are encouraged to add their own content and feedback through social media integration such as Facebook and Twitter. We have also created a Community Section where the user will be able to  communicate directly with the Waste Industry Associations in the same manner that you use Facebook.  The site also provides materials for teachers and students in our "KIDS SECTION" We also encourage schools to get involved in the green initiative! We also have developed and linked to website that have Recycle Games for the children to play.

My Waste is a non-political and a non-activist initiative.

My Waste's mission is to deliver information that enables people to actively contribute to sustainability, a concept the United Nations defined in 1987 as "meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs". MY WASTE is also endorsed by PACAGING SA and the NRF 

In your quest to "go green," you may meet many challenges. For example, those compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) are great energy savers, but what happens when you need to throw one away? CFLs contain a small amount of mercury and must be disposed of properly.

Google MapsGuidelines for disposal and general recycling of waste can be a minefield to the average consumer. My Waste provides a wealth of information on recyclable materials, their use and disposal.  As mentioned earlier, the My Waste home page features a search box where users can enter the name of the item they wish to recycle, along with their physical address; My Waste then provides a list of local recycling centres, as well as buy back centers along with guidelines, phone numbers and maps provided by Google.

Get involved today and don’t forget the three pillars of sustainability: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle!