residential COLLECTIONS

WastePlan is contracted to collect residential recycling within the City of Cape Town’s free door-to-door collection service, Think Twice. We collect recyclable waste from about 83 000 households across the peninsula. Because of these collections, we manage to divert 1 142 955 kg of waste from landfill every month, and the number is ever-increasing. The City of Cape Town was the first municipality in South Africa to have launched a large-scale pilot project of this nature. They are planning a citywide door-to-door residential recycling collection service.

WastePlan has been involved in this pilot project from the start, and we are active in various parts of the Mother City. To find out if, or when, we collect in your area, take a look at our collection map.


Understand what you can and can’t recycle.

Recyclable Material

  • Paper: flattened and folded cardboard, any paper, newspapers and magazines
  • Glass: rinsed bottles and jars
  • Plastics: any bags, rinsed bottles and containers
  • Metal: rinsed food tins, cans and scrap metal
  • Tetra Pak: foil-lined juice boxes and milk containers
  • Polystyrene: clean and dry fruit punnets, protective packaging, bread tags

Non-Recyclable Material

  • Cling wrap or disposable nappies
  • Chemicals, paint, toothpaste tubes, clear food punnets, dog food packets, washing powder packets, chips packets, motor oil containers, acids or solvents
  • Organic waste, food scraps, vegetable peels, garden waste
  • Clothing or shoes
  • Wet, dirty or contaminated items

Download our recyclables infographic and ensure everyone in your home knows what to recycle.