- Paper: white paper, newspaper, brochures & pamphlets, brown paper, etc.
- Glass: all glass containers (bottles, jugs, etc).
- Plastic: beverage bottles, dairy containers, cups, bags, etc.
- Cans: all cool drink cans, canned food tins, spray cans, etc.
- Cardboard (cartons and all cardboard boxes)
- Tetra (milk and juice containers)
- E-waste (computer equipment, radios, electronic equipment, cartridges and toners)
Households can extract 60% to 80% of their total waste if they separate their recyclable materials.
- Light Bulbs: dispose in the special containers at the Kupferberg landfill.
- Car batteries: The company selling you a new battery should take the old one back –and pay you at least N$20 for it.
- Fluorescent light bulbs
- Medical / pharmaceutical waste
- Toxic waste
See City of Windhoek Solid Waste Management Act under “Downloads”.
Namibia, with its 2.1m citizens, produces of 3 000 tons of waste daily.
You should recycle because if you throw something away, it is no longer useful, it ends up in a landfill, is incinerated, or in some other way contaminates the environment.
If you recycle something, it can be recovered and become material for a new product, plus it does not go to into the waste stream.
There is a real global problem with too much waste being produced by human beings. We produce so much synthetic waste that we need to dispose of it in other ways without contaminating the environment.