Surveys conducted by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have revealed that as much as a quarter of all the municipal waste generated in South Africa today still comprises mainline recyclables such as glass, paper, tins and plastics. The disposal of these recyclables as municipal waste is compromising the lifespan of the country’s landfills, many of which are running out of space.

Pollution poses a real hazard to human health and is estimated to be responsible for nearly 5% of the global* burden of disease. By recycling waste materials from our homes and offices, we can actually prevent a range of pollutants from entering our atmosphere, rivers, streams, and other waters.

Now that you’ve become a mom, you realise just how important it is for everyone to do their part to keep our world clean for the next generation. Every little bit helps and you would be surprised to find out how the smallest recycling activities in your own home can add up to big improvements for the environment.

The recycling industry has become a significant employer and its potential to deliver economic and social benefits continues to be powerfully demonstrated by Mpact Recycling, South Africa's leading paper recycler.

Recycling is one of the easiest ways each one of us can make a real difference to our environment. Donna-Mari Noble, Communications Manager at Mpact Recycling, says recycling saves water and electricity, and prevents unnecessary chemicals being introduced into the environment, which impacts climate change. Most importantly, it also prevents landfills being filled up with waste paper.