faqs

 

 

Below are a few Frequently asked questions. We have broken them down in waste streams.

We have started with MY WASTE and the most  frequently asked questions on all recycled materials.

 

 

MY WASTE

  • Does MYWASTE give pricing on materials?
    • No. We suggest that you contact your closest buy-back center. To find one please make use of the search function on the homepage by clicking here.
  • Can I become a Agent for MY WASTE?
    • MYWASTE is a on Line Company and we do not deal with any recycling materials.
  • Does MY WASTE have a collection service?
    • No, but please make use of the kerbside collection service by clicking here. 
  • Does MY WASTE offer training in Recycling? 
    • As a partner of the different waste stream associations we do not offer this service. Please feel free and contact any one of the associations for training by clicking here or send them a mail from here.

Plastic

  • Do I need to wash and squash the plastic and metal containers?
    • Washing the containers will help reduce odor, flies and rodents. Squashing the containers will free up more space in the recycling bin.
  • Can  bottle caps and lids be recycled?
    • Generally, removing bottle caps and lids is a good recycling habit, because their recyclability depends on the equipment your local recycler uses and what the lid is made of. Often it's as much a safety issue as a recycling issue; the pressure that builds up in a sealed plastic bottle can blow a whole bale of plastic and potentially injure workers.
  • Where can I get more information on Plastics Recycling?
  • http://www.plasticsinfo.co.za/
  • http://www.polyco.co.za/
  • http://www.petco.co.za/home

Glass

  •  WHAT CANNOT BE TAKEN TO THE BOTTLE BANKS:
    • Windscreens 
    • Laboratory glass 
    • Window glass 
    • Crystal and opaque drinking glasses 
    • Mirrors 
    • Heat-resistant ovenware 
    • Light bulbs 
    • Ceramic cups, plates and pottery 
    • Clay garden pots
  • Where can I get more information on Glass Recycling?

Batteries

  • Can I recycle my car battery?
    • Yes.
  • Why are alkaline batteries not always recyclable? 
    • Though it is possible to reclaim some metal from alkaline batteries, these batteries are not often recycled. Where they have been collected, it has generally been for disposal as a hazardous material. Mercury has been the ingredient of most concern in alkaline batteries. Batteries that are currently manufactured, however,  contain only a fraction of the mercury they once did. Many countries have therefore determined that the reduced risk in sending alkaline batteries to the landfill does not warrant the expense of collecting them for special disposal or recycling. You might consider switching to rechargeable nickel-cadmium batteries, which are widely recycled--after being reused many times.
  • Rechargeable batteries are not always NICAD or are they? 
    • No, they are not. Many cell phone and camcorder batteries, for instance, are small lead-acid batteries (the same materials used in a car's rechargeable battery). If you follow proper maintenance, such as recharging batteries only after their charge has been exhausted, they will last longer. For a wealth of information on rechargeable household batteries, visit the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation Web site.

Polystyrene

  • What is the formal definition of Polystyrene?
    • Polystyrene, sometimes abbreviated PS, is an aromatic polymer made from the aromatic monomer styrene, a liquid hydrocarbon that is commercially manufactured from petroleum by the chemical industry. Polystyrene is a thermoplastic substance, normally existing in solid state at room temperature, but melting if heated (for moulding or extrusion), and becoming solid again when cooling off. Polystyrene is one of the most widely used kinds of plastic. Pure solid polystyrene is a colourless, hard plastic with limited flexibility. It can be cast into moulds with fine detail, for example yogurt cups, plastic cutlery and CD and DVD cases. Polystyrene can be transparent or can be made to take on various colours. Products made from foamed polystyrene are nearly everywhere, for example packing materials, insulation, and foam beverage cups.
  • What is styrene?
    • Styrene is a clear, colourless liquid that is derived from petroleum and natural gas by-products, but which also occurs naturally in food such as coffee, strawberries and cinnamon. Styrene helps create plastic materials used in thousands of remarkably strong, flexible, and lightweight products, which represent a vital part of our health and well being. It's used in everything from food containers and packaging materials to cars, boats, and computers. The styrene used in these products is synthetically manufactured in petrochemical plants.
  • What are CFC's?
    • CFC's, or chlorofluorocarbons, is commercially, the most important CFC's that is derivatives of methane and ethane. CFC's were first introduced in the 1930s as safe replacements for refrigerants such as sulfur dioxide, ammonia, chloroform, and carbon tetrachloride. These uses eventually resulted in large emissions of CFC's into the atmosphere.
    • Because of their low chemical reactivity, CFC's typically have long atmospheric residence times, and as a consequence are distributed globally. However, when CFC's reach the stratosphere they break down to release chlorine atoms. The chlorine atoms then react with stratospheric ozone, breaking it down into oxygen.
    • As ozone absorbs much of the sun's ultraviolet radiation, decreased stratosphere ozone levels could lead to increased ground-level ultraviolet radiation. This could adversely affect crop growth, and also lead to increases in cataracts and non-melanoma skin cancer.
    • CFC's are therefore now banned because they are the cause of the holes that grew in the ozone layers over the planets polar regions.
    • The banning of CFC's has lead to research to identify other chemicals that can be used in the same applications but without the same environmental concerns.
  • Is it safe to heat food in a plastic container in the microwave? 
    • Rumors about the safety of using Polystyrene (also known as the brand name Styrofoam) in microwaves have circulated, stating that plastics form dioxins when heated in the microwave. This is completely untrue. For one thing, there is no reason for plastic containers to contain dioxin unless the purpose is to store dioxin and, important to note, dioxins typically form at temperatures above 370°C.
    • Contrary to popular belief, some Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) and other polystyrene containers, such as salad or yogurt containers, can safely be used in the microwave.
    • Just follow the same rule you follow for other plastic containers: Check the label.
  • What is all the talk about 'landfill space'?
    • For hundreds of years, people have used garbage dumps to get rid of their trash. Yesterday's garbage dump was nothing more than a pit or field just outside of town where people left their garbage. Today, we still bury our garbage, although not in the open dumps of yesterday. Most of our garbage is hauled off in garbage trucks and packed into sanitary landfills—making land filling. The problem is that we, in South Africa, have a waste problem and we are running out of landfill (dumping) space at an alarming rate. Just in Cape Town, they dump a total of 6 000 tons of waste every day. To give you a better idea of how much space 6 000 tons of waste would take up, if you have a normal 3m x 2m room in your house, and you fill it up with waste all the way to the roof, you will have one ton of waste.
  • Where can I get more information on polystyrene packaging Recycling?

Milk & Juice Cartons

  • What are Milk and Juice cartons made from?
    • They are 75% paper board, 20% polyethylene (plastic) and 5% aluminium. The product is comprised of 6 layers.
  • Can all Milk and Juice cartons be recycled?
    • All cartons can be recycled.
  • How do I recycle cartons?
    • Take off the cap. Make sure the carton is empty. Turn up the corners and bottom of the carton. Flatten it. Put the cap back on and or leave the straw in. Then place your carton into a collection program for it to be recycled.
  • Do I need to rinse out the carton?
    • This is not essential but washing of the cartons will help reduce odors, flies and rodents while they remain in storage waiting to be recycled. We therefore suggest rinsing of cartons which were filled with dairy based contents.
  • Can caps and straws be recycled?
    • Yes. Leave the caps on and the straws in the cartons, they can all be recycled together.
  • How are cartons recycled?
    • In South Africa recycling takes place through a hydro-pulping process which separates the paper fiber from the polyethylene and aluminium. The recycled fiber is then used to make a range of paper and cardboard products. The polyAlu component is separated for aggromulation and pelletisation for use in plastic injection moulded products. This pulping process is the most common method employed to recycle cartons worldwide.
  • Where are cartons recycled?
    • Cartons are being recycled in South Africa at Gayatri Paper Mill, based in Germiston, Gauteng. Waste management and collection companies are encouraged to collect, bale, and sell used cartons to the Paper Mill for recycling.
  • Where can I get more information on MILK AND JUICE BOX Recycling?

E Waste

  • What does E-Waste stand for?
    • Electronic Waste or otherwise known as Computer Scrap or Electronic Junk. There are many variations but all point to the same.
  • What is E-Waste?
    • E-Waste is anything that works from a power source: ie. direct Eskom power, batteries, solar, dynamo.
  • Why is dumping E-Waste illegal?
  • Who does the Waste Act actually apply to?
    • Any company or person who:
      • Generates waste.
      • Stores waste.
      • Reuses, Recycles and Recovers waste.
      • Treats waste.
      • Disposes of waste.
      • Stores, treats and processes animal waste.
      • Constructs, expands or decommissions facilities and associated structures and infrastructure.
  • Are the fines issued for dumping E-Waste illegally just another way for the government to make money?
    • No. The hard fact is that the fines are imposed to stop people from destroying the environment knowingly. "If you don't want the fine then don't do the crime"
  • Why is E-Waste banned from landfill disposal?
    • All E-Waste contains hazardous materials (lead, pvc "hydrocholric acid", barium, flame retardents, cadmium, mercury, beryllium, selenium) that leach into the ground water when exposed to the elements. Consumption of this water, even after filtration can cause health problems such as damage to: brain, kidneys, nervous system, lungs, muscles, heart, liver, spleen, reproductive organs, as well as hair loss and brittle nails
  • What metals get extracted from E-Waste?
    • The following metals are extracted through a process involving shredding, heat and chemical extraction: Copper, Zinc, Aluminium and ferrous and non-ferrous metals
  • What is the Basel Convention?
    • The Basel Convention is a global treaty ratified by almost every country of the world (170 countries or "Parties") but not by the United States. This Convention seeks to minimize and strictly control the trade in hazardous waste between countries, with a particular goal to protect developing countries. The U.S. is the only developed country NOT to have ratified the Basel Convention. Exporting countries covered by Basel are required to get written permission from importing and transit countries before shipping their hazardous wastes, through a very specific "prior informed consent" process. Also, parties to the Convention are prohibited from trading in hazardous waste with countries which are not parties to the Convention.
  • Where can I get more information on E-Waste Recycling?

Rubber & Tyres

Motor & Cooking Oil

Paper

Aerosol Cans

  • Can I play a game with recycling CANS or Aerosol Cans?
  • DO I need to empty my Aerosol Cans before taking them to the recycling station?
    • Yes. This makes the recycling process much easier and safer for the recycling industry.
  • Must I Squash or Burn my Aerosol Can?
    • NEVER Pierce, Squash or Burn a Aerosol Can. This needs to be done by a professional with the correct equipment.
  • Where can I get more information on Aerosol Can Recycling?