CKN Recycling Project

On 24th October we had a talk with ARO at Kleine Constantia. Feedback received from some who attended was that it was informative and gave them a whole new perspective and respect for these people. Luyanda shared a wealth of information about recyclers/reclaimers, their long history and current stance today, as well as interesting facts, statistics and experiences.

I highly recommend all South Africans take the opportunity to attend one of these talks. ARO is currently very busy piloting projects around Johannesburg and are assisting us with our initiative already underway.

Please continue to separate your recyclable materials from general bin waste. You can put all your various recycle materials in a separate bag for the Recyclers so they no longer have to dig through unhygienic waste to get to items of value. Please rinse dirty food and beverage containers before. In terms of bags you can simply use a bin bag (standard black bin bag or another colour bin bag) and place it next to your dustbin. Alternatively, you can start using a reusable bag (such as the large white garden bags on sale at Builders Warehouse for R10) that you or domestic helper hands to your recycler. He will give it back to you (wait for the bag and communicate what you want the first few times). Currently our Recyclers are collecting on Wednesday bin day mornings from early.

As a first step get familiar with your street Recyclers. A cool drink of water or refreshment and snack will be well received. It is gruelling labour and especially tough on hot summer days.

Kind of materials that Recyclers typically look for and collect; paper (newspapers, magazines, books, office paper, envelopes), cardboard, cans (beverages, food tins, aerosol, aluminium, steel), juice and milk plastic cartons, various plastics, polystyrene (plastic trays/tubs but not dirty clamshell food packaging) They do not take glass so please dispose of glass responsibly at one of the many depots in the area – one of the closest is behind Hillfox.

If you want to meet your Recycler but are not feeling confident to reach out I will be more than happy to assist with meet and greet. Please contact me directly (0825234095). Dowry security patrollers will also assist with introducing you to your Recycler as they work with them.

Currently we have one volunteer making sandwiches for the Recyclers on Wednesdays. Can we have more please? Bottled water, snacks, anything is always so very appreciated. This morning I took my usual drive around, greeting Recyclers and handing out Sandwiches and apples kindly donated and I promise you they really appreciate any small act of kindness.

We have various Whatsapp groups in CKN so let’s use them. I and others would really like your feedback and want to know how it’s going with you and your Recycler, what you have experienced, what you have learned, etc. Please use the Community and CKN Enviro Care Whatsapp groups for this. Feel free to contact me directly.

Visit CKN Facebook page for info on Recyclers and the ARO pilot projects in other areas. Follow ARO on Facebook

Lorin Leuci – Enviro care committee member ♻

What the symbols on packaging materials mean.


21st January 2020

♻ Curbside Collections operates in Weltevreden Park on Fridays. They collect recyclable materials as mentioned in the below flyer. They will be collecting in CKN from this Friday until further notice. The recycle materials not taken by our community Recyclers on Wednesdays will therefore be collected by them should you wish to make use of this. And I hope everyone does!

✅To be added to the collection route send me your street name by Thursday 23/01/2020. Place your remaining recycle items on the curb outside your house on Friday mornings by 8AM to be collected.

♻Wednesdays - Remember to place your plastics, tins and other items the Recyclers usually collect in a separate refuse bag and place next to your bin on bin day to avoid unnecessary bin rummaging. I use semi transparent plastics bags purchased from West pack.

Thank you



Our CKN Recyclers

Read here about the Recyclers at the Christmas Market 23rd November 2019


To be used for making eco bricks

Recyclers sorting waste for use in eco bricks

Lorin and her gang

Making eco bricks


Cleanup on Hendrik Potgieter 9th November 2019

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