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 Imagine a world without waste. You can make it happen.

Sappi ReFibre is part of Sappi, South Africa’s very own global paper group. Previously known as Sappi Waste Paper, Sappi ReFibre is the group’s secondary fibre division, and is responsible for the recycling of used paper and paper products.
At the forefront of evolving needs and trends, Sappi is strongly committed to the principles of sustainability in business. Sappi ReFibre is part of this commitment, and is a leader in the development of innovative models to facilitate the recycling of paper and the minimisation of waste.
Paper is a truly sustainable product.  It’s made from renewable resources, and is reusable, recyclable and biodegradable.

 About Sappi ReFibre

Waste management is one of the most significant challenges we face today, and Sappi ReFibre has developed an outsourced business model that enables the division not only to recycle large volumes of paper, but to benefit businesses and communities as part of the process.
Sappi ReFibre procures board and paper for recycling from an extensive network of agents across the country. This is sourced directly from homes, offices, wholesalers and retailers, as well as from manufacturers in both the formal and informal sectors. Most agents offer a one-stop service, and collects not only paper but also other recyclables such as glass and certain kinds of plastic and metal.
Sappi ReFibre, in turn, offers a secure market for certain categories of recyclable paper and assists its agents by providing both equipment and business support.
For Sappi, recovered board and paper is a valuable resource where it is used to supplement virgin fibre in the papermaking process. Many of Sappi’s papers contain recycled fibres, and one of the group’s mills, the Cape Kraft Mill, uses only recovered paper and board in its manufacturing process.

 What CAN be recycled?


Unfortunately, not everything can be recycled. This guide gives you an idea of the kinds of paper that can and can’t be recycled.  

  • Used office paper such as envelopes, gift wrap, computer paper,

  • Old invoices and documents printed on white office paper

  • Magazines, newspapers, books, telephone directories, flyers,  posters and pamphlets

  • Corrugated and cardboard boxes, such as shoe boxes and boxes used to package office supplies and equipment

For information on how to recycle other materials, visit the National Recycling Forum web site at


 What CAN'T be recycled?

  • Laminated or waxy paper, such as that used for tomato and banana boxes

  • Long-life beverage packs, which are made from paper but are lined with foil and plastic

  • Polystyrene

  • Soiled paper plates and paper cups

  • Sweet and chip wrappers

  • Cigarette ends

  • Carbon paper

  • Stickers or Post-it notes

  • Laminated carton and paper

  • Confetti


 Why recycle?

Recycling benefits society by:
  • Conserving raw materials,
  • Reducing littering,
  • Reducing pollution,
  • Saving on the need for scarce landfill space,
  • Creating jobs,
  • Alleviating poverty,
  • Encouraging community participation, and
  • Boosting entrepreneurship.


Recycling resources

Here you can find links to recycling resources. 


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