Recycling Buy-Back Centre

FMSA proudly supports the Green Deeds Recycling centre through a management partnership. Green Deeds Recycling has a recycling Buy-Back Centre in Waltloo, Pretoria. The facilities are safe, clean, odour free and offer ample parking and provide a place for households, schools and small business to get involved in recycling.

Once your waste has been weighed, our centre management will pay you cash for your recyclables. This is a great way to get extra income, for kids to earn extra pocket money, to supplement your pension or to help with that university saving fund!

What Materials Can Be Recycled?





High & Low density Plastic


Beverage Cans


Food Cans


Plastic Bottles & Caps


Electronic Equipment



Segregated Steel (ferrous and non-ferrous materials) That Can be Recycled

The metal recycling industry encompasses a wide range of metals. Metals which contain iron in them are known as ferrous where metals without iron are non-ferrous. The more frequently recycled metals are scrap steel, iron (ISS) and stainless steel. Common non-ferrous metals are copper, brass, aluminum, zinc, magnesium, tin, nickel, and lead.

Plastics That Can Be Recycled

  • PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate): This is a type of plastic commonly used in water bottles, blister packs, and clear food packaging.
  • HDPE (High-Density Polyethylene): This is a type of higher-melting plastic that is used in milk jugs, cleaning solution bottles, trigger bottles, etc.
  • PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride): This type of plastic is used in the white pipes/tubes that most modern plumbing is made with.
  • LDPE (Low-Density Polyethylene): This is a type of lower-melting plastic that makes up your shopping bag and some stretch wrap.
  • PP (Polypropylene or Poly-prop): This is a type of higher-melting plastic used for dairy tubs, the caps on most bottles and things like storage containers.
  • ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene): This polymer is often used to make the rigid plastic housings for electronics, remotes, toys and more.
  • PA (Nylon or Polyamide): This plastic is often used in fabrics, plastic zips or cable ties and other industrial parts.

Paper & Cardboard That Can Be Recycled

  • K4: Used cardboard boxes
  • HL1: White office paper
  • HL2: Coloured office paper
  • CMW: Common mixed waste paper /magazines /pamphlets /telephone books
  • FN: Newspaper

Supporting Street Waste Pickers

The Buy-Back Centre are also a hub for street waste pickers. FMSA and Green Deeds Recycling have identified an opportunity to provide a platform to enable and empower the uneducated and informal street waste pickers within South Africa. As part of our commitment to community development, we have created a safe, clean environment for these pickers to drop off, sort and sell the recyclables that they collect on our streets. We ensure that we are fair and honest to our pickers and when they drop off waste, they get an instant cash pay-out.

We aim to support street waste pickers by supporting recycling, creating jobs, and growing skills in the waste sector. To empower them, FMSA provides regular street waste pickers with a sturdy, branded trolley so that they have a way to transport the waste that they pick up. We also provide training and education to grow skills in this sector. In general, the individuals involved in this industry have little formal education or housing, work in harsh conditions and lack opportunities for employment.

For many of these pickers, this provides a new lease on life as they have an income stream and a purpose that serves their families, our community and the environment. Many of our pickers are now able to pay rent and school fees – the fact that our communities’ streets are being cleaned up at the same time is just a bonus.

Waste Picker Lucky Draw

In our ongoing efforts to keep the environment clean, create employment and help people earn a honest living, FMSA in collaboration with Green Deeds Recycling (GDR) launched a program to create awareness and introduce the community to recycling initiatives.

Participants to this program were awarded weekly prizes as part of a competition in the format of a lucky draw.

This initiative has lead to positive results and measurable outcomes.


The Recycling Buy-Back Initiative Seeks To

  • Create a sustainable micro-business enterprise for the informal street waste picker industry.
  • Secure a stable source of income for this sector thereby reducing poverty, reliance on government aid and reducing criminal activity.
  • Enable and protect street waste pickers by providing sound and safe resources to conduct their waste picking activities through the use of branded recycling trolleys and protective clothing amongst others.
  • Provide access to financial products such as bank cards, funeral policies, accident cover, etc.
  • Provide basic training such as life skills, communication, etc.
  • Provide education such as basic writing, reading, etc. to be formalized as NQF level courses.
  • Assist with feeding programs.

Our initiative seeks to achieve the following outcomes by establishing an independent Black Owned Trust. The aim of this Empowerment Trust will be to support and educate South African street waste pickers. These street waste pickers and SMMEs will be the sole beneficiaries of this Trust. Our recycling branches will be at core of the “safe havens” for the street waste pickers to sell their hard-earned commodities without being exploited, whether this is in the form of a fair price and accurate weight or from a client care perspective.

Buy-Back Centre



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89 Battery Street, Waltloo, Pretoria

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