Recycling is known as ‘converting waste to reusable materials’.
This practice has been around for centuries. Many got into it because it was a way to save money and even make money. Maybe you’ve seen people scavenging through trash. Though it is not the most glamorous of jobs, it is very valued and crucial one. Waste is waste, only if we waste it. We must remind ourselves that everything we do put into the trash has a monetary value and most of it CAN be reused or made into something new.
Thankfully, in Egypt, a lot of what goes into our bins, does get recycled. The garbage collectors will collect your garbage, sort through it and recycle what they can.
Here are our top tips to help facilitate recycling:
- Sort your garbage. Put all of our paper, cardboard. aluminium, plastic, glass separate.
- Flatten down any cardboard boxes
- Wash out any plastic or glass bottles.
- Omit any soiled/tainted packaging or boxes – these cannot be recycled and may taint other recyclables.
Where Can I Recycle in Egypt?
If you would like to be sure that your items will be recycled there are quite a few services who do this. They will come pick up your recyclables for you.
Try getting in touch with the following, to see whether they cover your area:
Some places, like Green Pan Recycling, will come collect and recycle your cooking oil for you.
Don’t forget about the 5 R’s of Zero Waste: Refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle, rot – in that particular order.
If it is something that you cannot do without, reduce your consumption of it, try to reuse it as much as possible and then put it into recycle. Depending on what it is,