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Recycling in Namibia

  • 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)
  • Car Batteries (Scrap Salvage)
  • Chips Packets: These are used in the Refuse Derived Fuel plant to generate energy (Rent-A-Drum)
  • Styrofoam Trays, Plastic Lids: These are used in the Refuse Derived Fuel plant to generate energy (Rent-A-Drum)
  • Pet Food Bags: These are used in the Refuse Derived Fuel plant to generate energy (Rent-A-Drum)
  • Computers, Key Boards, Phones, Electrical Items: Classified as E Waste (Transworld Cargo E-Waste, Scrap Salvage, Inspired Technology)
Households can extract 60% to 80% of their total waste if they separate their recyclable materials.

  • NO mirror or window glass
  • NO cling wrap or Styrofoam
  • NO organic matter (food scraps, garden refuse)
  • NO chemicals, paints, liquids of any kind of highly inflammable materials
  • Foil: It is classified as a metal
  • X-Rays: Although it consists of 2 recyclable materials (plastic / silver), it is not economically viable (but done in Europe and elsewhere)
  • Pizza Boxes: Although made of cardboard, these boxes are often contaminated with grease/food making them unrecyclable
  • Household Batteries: These are to be safely disposed of at the hazardous waste section of the landfill (check with your municipality/town council), or check for collection bins issued by RNF/VARTA Namibia.
    (Pick n Pay points, Pupkewitz Megabuild, Dagbreek School)
  • Plastic Containers with Toxic Contents: Containers that were filled with highly toxic contents are un-recyclable
    (Contact your town council / municipality)

  • 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”.

Why should we recycle?

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.

Recycling is the last component of the three R’s of REDUCE, REUSE and RECYCLE. For more tips on the three R’s please see “Downloads” – Hints and tips to Recycle

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