Upon entering many informal settlements in South Africa, one is immediately struck by the vast amount of visible waste. The result is that many of these communities live in unhealthy and polluted environments. A large portion of this waste is packaging material from household products, of which most is recyclable and therefore has value.
- Individuals have not been educated on the opportunities created through recycling.
- Recycling infrastructure (bins, drop-off centres etc.) are not available in many areas.
- There is currently no incentive for residents to recycle their waste.