Clearer Conscience started as a service collecting separated recyclables. This meant we could distribute the material easily and efficiently to a variety of charities and worthy causes who could benefit from the plastic, paper, glass, cardboard and tins that you disposed of.

PET bottles ready for recycling
PET water bottles ready to be recycled. Products have to be separated into individual categories before they are processed (photo: Andy Conder /  Clearer Conscience)

Later on we asked our community of recyclers if they would prefer to mix their recycling together and have someone else sort it for them. This received a positive response; we currently collect approximately half mixed and half separated material.

So what are the benefits of mixed vs separated?

Mixed: easy to store; less space required; fewer bins required; job creation for sorters

Separated: educational; easy to distribute; potentially quicker to get back into the recycling stream.

In June 2021, a London publication revealed government plans for households to have up to seven recycling bins. Whilst this is ambitious in its intent to make the recycling chains clear and to educate people, it was met with a lot of resistance. Just imagine how much space would be required and the increase in the number of vehicles on the roads to transport all the different material!

So what do you think about the separated vs mixed question?

For details about the recycling services Clearer Conscience offers in and around Cape Town please email us at and we will send you full details.

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