More great news on the ‘War on Waste’ front – South Africa’s glass recycling rate increases

Many individuals are not aware of what happens to their so called ‘rubbish’ and are therefore not concerned about their waste or recycling habits. However, due to mandatory recycling implemented in parts of the City of Joburg during 2018, consumers are being nudged in a greener direction. More individuals are becoming aware of waste problems which are affecting us, and the fact that recycling is a quick and easy solution to solving many of these problems.

During The Glass Recycling Company (TGRC)’s 6th Annual Green Dialogues, on Wednesday, June 26, 2019, CEO, Shabeer Jhetam, announced that the glass recycling rate has once again increased, now to 42% in South Africa. The positive statistic shows that through continuous green behaviour by South African citizens we can create a cleaner environment. The glass that is recycled is successfully diverted away from our natural spaces, parks, curbs and also importantly, diverted from landfills.

Well-known business and finance journalist Bruce Whitfield spoke at the event and discussed the businesses that thrive on the edge of chaos, as well as the businesses that are adapting to become more sustainable to be more future-fit.

During the event Jhetam said “We are incredibly pleased to see our ongoing education has equated to South Africans being more responsible and helping us to increase the glass recycling rate each year. However, there is still work to be done, up until every single one of us is doing our part when it comes to waste management and creating a cleaner environment. By working together as citizens, we are confident that the glass recycling rate as well as the rate of glass diverted from landfills will increase year on year”.


In addition to the placement of glass banks for suburban glass recycling, over the last year TGRC trained and mentored 1 122 entrepreneurs and collectors with development courses to assist in the development of their businesses. Across the country, 609 tons of glass bottles and jars were recovered by learners in the TGRC Annual Schools Competition, showing growing care for the environment by the youth. This is a positive sign that the recycling trend is here to stay.