Recycle 1st

Recycle 1st is dedicated to helping individuals and businesses recyle.
Let's change the future of our country 1 bag at a time



Unit 1, 27 Coleman Street Elsiesriver Epping Sales: 081 563 6494



Recycle 1st

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Recycle 1st is dedicated to helping individuals and businesses recycle. Let’s change the future of our country 1 bag at a time.

Help sustain the environment but divesting from fossil fuels is not quite on your to do list. 

We collect your recycling from your doorstep, sort it and deliver it to recyclers who process your waste back into materials that can be used within the South African manufacturing industry. We collect from homes, weekly and fortnightly. We help small – medium size businesses recycle and all, at the most competitive rates. We even continuously assess your recycling needs. Let’s leave Cape Town in a better state than we found it. Be part of a world where waste is handled responsibly and there is more for all. “Waste Not Want Not” If you waste not, you will not lack. Recycle 1st.

Why Recycle?

So much packaging…

Have you ever noticed just how much packaging is used on our everyday products? Food, toiletries, anything for our personal use, it has all been wrapped and bagged for freshness, to make our lives more convenient and simpler, and to look more appealing. But once we take the packaging off, it gets thrown out as waste. Instead of adding to already overburdened landfills, our waste can be broken down to its basic components and then re-used to manufacture other packaging products. Let’s choose to do something about this waste by recycling. And with Recycle 1st, recycling couldn’t be easier.

Reasons to recycle:

  • Recycling is a necessity as we do not have an abundance of natural resources. Our consumption of products happens far too quickly for nature to naturally give us a supply.
  • Recycling reduces the need for land filling and incineration.
  • Recycling decreases emissions of greenhouse gases that contribute to global climate change.
  • Recycling helps sustain the environment for future generations. Recycling conserves natural resources such as timber, water and minerals.
  • Recycling reduces pollution caused by the manufacturing of products from virgin materials.

Cape Town Facts 

Well, it is estimated that landfill void space will run out between 4 to 16 years. A long way off? Not really! Looking at the actual situation of our local landfills we find the lifespans as follows: Bellville South landfill: 0 years; Vissershok: 6 years; Coastal Park: 2 years Although landfills may not be full just yet, we are still polluting the environment for generations to come. It is our responsibility to safeguard the environment right now so those generations have a chance at a waste-less world.

What to Recycle


Office Paper
Phone Books
School Books


eg. cooldrink bottles, juice bottles, peanut butter plastic jars
eg. milk bottles,detergent bottles: handy andy power
cream bottles, detergent bottles
CODE 4 (LD) eg. tastic rice packets
e.g. Ice Cream, yoghurt, margerine containers
CODE 6/7 (PS)
e.g. only FOAM, Polystyrene is recyclable. No small yoghurt containers, i.e.Danone, Nutrilife ALSO collect TETRAPAK milk &juice cartons


Glass Bottles
Beer Bottles


Beer cans
Cooldrink cans
Empty Food Tins
Bottle Lids

Collection Areas

Areas in and around Cape Town CBD, Salt River, Tamboerskloof Gardens, Vredehoek above Ludlow

Kenilworth, Rondebosch, Rosebank, Mowbray, Woodstock, Oranjezicht, Higgovale, Gardens

Claremont, Newlands, Observatory, Greenpoint, Fresnaye, Bantry Bay, SeaPoint, CT City Centre

Milnerton, Montague Gardens, Paarden, Eiland

Boston, Bellville, Parow, Panorama, Goodwood, Thornton, Epping, Vredehoek, City Centre

How to become a Recycle 1st customer


After 9 years in the banking industry, Recycle 1st owner, Anthea Fransman nee Hartzenberg, knew it was time to follow her heart and open a business that had more purpose for her. What she really wanted to start was a green business, a business that could help people do more good and act more responsibly towards the environment. She found a gap in the market in the northern suburbs where no one was collecting recycling from homes, Recycle 1st began its journey to a greener future for all. Offering bi-monthly collections to northern suburbs residents only, their scope has widened to include Tableview and the southern suburbs within just one year. Within that same year they were able to extend their services to include collections from businesses and complexes.

Anthea Fransman

Pamela Solomons
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