Cotton tip swabs, also known as earbuds, are not recyclable in South Africa.


Why is it not recyclable?



  • Consider earbuds with a wood stick, which are much like matches.

  • Woolworths has released its plastic-free earbuds that are made from paper.

Other non-recyclables, cotton balls, pads, wet wipes, are wet waste since they usually used to wipe bodily fluids, so be sure to throw them in the bin.

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