Good Deed: #108 Recycle

6:141 (Y. Ali) It is He Who produceth gardens, with trellises and without, and dates, and tilth with produce of all kinds, and olives and pomegranates, similar (in kind) and different (in variety): eat of their fruit in their season, but render the dues that are proper on the day that the harvest is gathered. But waste not by excess: for Allah loveth not the wasters.

7:31 (Y. Ali) O Children of Adam! wear your beautiful apparel at every time and place of prayer: eat and drink: But waste not by excess, for Allah loveth not the wasters.

Action Plan

Follow the steps below if you too want to recycle and reduce your household rubbish;

  1. Buy four bins or plastic boxes, making sure that they’e not too big to carry when full of bottles, or too big to fit all of them all in your car.
  2. Label each of them; cans, glass, paper and plastic.
  3. Start to be far more selective about what you and your household simply ‘chuck’ out, putting each item in the relevant bin.
  4. Remember to rinse anything that contained food before putting it in the bins; milk bottles and food cans can smell very bad, very quickly, especially in summer.

There are a number of options for you to choose from to get your materials recycled.

  1. Find a school or charity that is collecting what you have. This is a great option as the material that the charity collects provides them with much needed income.
  2. Take everything to one of the collection points that are positioned across your area. This is a convenient way of getting rid of everything all at once.
  3. Contact local paper recyclers e.g. Mondi  in South Africa (who collect paper and cardboard) and find out if and when they make a kerbside collection on your street. They will provide you with a large bag in which you can put all of your newspapers, magazines and cardboard. Leave this on the road outside your gate on the day of collection. Visit for more info.

Other resources

How to start a compost heap

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