About Us

Green Deeds Recycling (GDR) wishes to clean-up and recycle material collected in socially derelict and polluted communities. GDR will do this through proposed partnerships with relevant local municipalities, local communities, street waste pickers and FMSA Waste Management & Recycling as Management Company.

GDR currently operates a network of Buy-Back Recycling Centers in Waltloo and Brentwood and have entered into a management partnership with FMSA Waste Management & Recycling to assist with the establishment of additional Buy-Back Recycling Centers.

addressing national waste management challenges

Our Objectives

These Buy-Back Centers purchase and process recyclable material, as well as empower the informal street waste pickers.

Cleaner Communities: reduces the likelihood of any of these pollutants entering our storm water systems;
Cleaner Open Spaces and Community Parks: establishing and maintaining the quality of life in a community;
Environmental Awareness: promotes sustainable development and encourages conservation of irreplaceable natural resources; and
Climate Change Mitigation: actions to limit the magnitude or rate of long-term Global Warming and its related effects.

Job Creation: Formalize the informal street waste picker trade into sustainable Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises (SMMEs); and
Empowerment: Migrate the pedestrian vendor (street waste picker) to a trolley vendor, enable the trolley vendor with improved trolley equipment and eventually mature into a motorized vendor (“Bakkie”).

Training & Education: provide Basic life skill courses to entry level qualifications; and
Bank the Un-bankable: introduce financial services, bank cards and bank facilities to the informal sector.

Reduce Crime: through formalized job creation poverty induced criminal behavior will reduce;
Food & Care: provide basic & healthy food items at a lower cost/free to street waste pickers;
Poverty Alleviation: through creation of formalized jobs the unemployed are now employed, able to fend for themselves and their families and reduces the amount of firstly the unemployed but also changes the life of a street waste picker and his extended family; and
Reduced Social Ills: reduction in drug abuse, poverty related anti-social behaviour and petty crimes amongst others, it also introduces a sense of self worth and pride in the street waste picker making them a valuable contributor to the economy and environment.

National Minimum Wage: Enable South Africans to achieve a decent standard of living by empowering street waste pickers the opportunity to earn in excess of the National Minimum Wage.


Training and Capacity Building

GDR envisages providing training to street waste pickers on the following aspects:
Induction Training
Basic First Aid Principles
Health and Safety Awareness
Environmental Awareness
Basic Training & Education – life skills, communication, basic writing, reading, etc.
Basic Financial education

The Skills Development objective focusses on:
The provision of basic life skill courses to entry level qualifications; and
Recycling trading and business management skills transfer to SMME’s
Introduction to financial services to the previous “un-bankable”
Bank facilities with bank cards
Basic personal budgeting
Life and funeral cover


Community Outreach Programmes

GDR will continuously provide training on the provision of Community Outreach Programmes within its area that will focus on:

Environmental consciousness and creating awareness of environmental issues, pollution and the need for recycling
Outreach projects to educate and clean-up of communities
Awareness workshops and general environmental advocacy
Seminars and presentations by environmental specialists
Projects to provide continuous support of Governments “Good Green Deeds Programme”

Our Strategic Partners

What Materials Can Be Recycled?






High & Low Density Plastic


Beverage Cans


Food Cans


Plastic Bottles & Caps


Electronic Equipment



Glass Bottles


PVC Pipes


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 /cereal boxes and coloured paper
  • Newspaper

Glass Bottles

Recycling Buy-Back Centres

Having paper, plastic, cardboard, cans and other recyclables removed from general waste, can vastly reduce your overall waste costs. Together Green Deeds Recycling and FMSA Waste Management and Recycling aim to support street waste pickers by supporting recycling, creating jobs, and growing skills in the waste sector.


Brentwood Centre

Contact Us
010 612 0347
59 Road 5, Brentwood Park, Benoni


Waltloo Centre

Contact Us
010 612 0366
89 Battery Street, Waltloo, Pretoria


Sustainability: Why are waste pickers important

702 podcast

We were on air. Listen to Celest van Niekerk and Refiloe Mpakanyane discuss the importance of waste pickers.

Green Deeds Recycling (GDR) realized, with the initial lockdown announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa, that our street waste pickers might be destitute and faced with a situation of no food. To provide relief in this time of need we issued our waste pickers with much needed food vouchers. We were empowered by the NLC to be in a position to this.

The woes of the waste pickers have continued throughout the phases of lockdown due to the economic downturn Phase 3 of the lockdown has proven to be as challenging as Phase 5 although they are able to work.

In an attempt to further assist our waste pickers we are launching the Rea thusana project. This project is significant in that it supports the waste picker with a sachet of food that can provide six nutritional meals. We will continue to hand out these food allocations to assist and support those waste pickers that bring us their merchandise, helping themselves to earn a living, supporting the environment by recycling and assisting our economy to get back on track. Therefore, Rea thusana, we help each other.

Supporting Street Waste Pickers

Green Deeds Recycling supports local street waste pickers in partnership with FMSA and provides a safe, clean facility for the drop-off of household items for recycling. We support street waste pickers by providing them with trolleys for picking up of rubbish in exchange for an income and by growing skills in the waste sector.

Contact Us

Green Deeds Recycling Branches:
Brentwood Center: 010 612 0347
Waltloo Center: 010 612 0366


FMSA Waste Management & Recycling:

Office line: 012 942 5276

Avinash Singh: 074 337 2290
Brandon Bento: 062 076 3460
Jean Willard: 062 831 5573
Muneiwa Maumela: 082 294 2730

Sales: 011 3951034