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.