In a recent survey, conducted by online classifieds portal junkmail. The other culprits are hiding in the kitchen and garage.
Coffee machines, blenders, steamers, sandwich toasters, deep fryers and electric carving knives are popular listings, as are bicycle car-racks, fans, standing lamps, sports gear, computer components and tumble dryers. Recycling, donating or selling is the solution but where do you start? Verve did some homework and here is your map to cleaning up the clutter: Desco accepts anything that uses a battery or electricity — computers, printers, fax machines, TVs, cellphones, cables, fridges, washing machines — and has drop-off points, mostly at shopping centres, countrywide.
In Johannesburg there are more than a dozen drop-off points, in Cape Town there are seven and in Durban, five. Their most convenient drop-off points are at 18 Makro stores countrywide, in the parking lot.
To find your closest one, go to ewaste-recycling. Again, anything that uses electricity or a battery. The items are dismantled for their parts and are either used again or, if hazardous, get correctly disposed of. Collection is free, or you can drive your load to their site, in Middle Park, Boksburg.
Again, anything that uses battery or electricity. They are based in Midrand but can collect for R if your stuff fits in a bakkie. Other e-waste and white goods recyclers: A number of recyclers can be found by visiting www.
Choose one close to you. For a monthly subscription of R85, ECOMonkey comes twice a month, and Whole Earth comes weekly, to collect all your recyclables, from e-waste to plastic, tins, glass and paper. Hospice, the organisation that provides care to terminally ill patients and their families, runs shops that accept donations of clothes; toys; books and magazines; furniture and homeware.
Clothes, kitchenware and school items are sure to be welcomed. The goods are distributed to township and rural churches for poverty relief. Visit CharitySA, an organisation listing NGOs with charity shops that accept donations of everything from clothes and toys to appliances, furniture and bric-a-brac, www. These stores will buy anything that works — appliances, computers, TVs, games, iPods, cameras, kitchenware, tools, sportswear and furniture — and pay you for it, although not much.
The bigger stores will collect furniture, but you need to take pictures of it and e-mail them through for assessment by the manager. For your closest store, visit www.