A small NGO called Nourish helps communities around the upmarket game reserves of Hoedspruit benefit from a range of interventions, such as a library, skills development, a food garden and a moringa plantation.
The 10 young designers at Soulart recycle waste, turning it into artful, sought-after items. They work under the genial eye of founder Brian Sibusiso Mokhachane, who says his initiative is helping to create jobs and tackle drug abuse and littering.
KwaZulu-Natal featured highly in this year's ABI Schools Recycling Programme, with Ekuthuleni Primary School grabbing the grand prize. The competition teaches children to care for the environment
Parliamentarians learned about recycling and its value to the national economy during a study tour of the Kraaifontein Integrated Waste Management Facility and Tuffy Manufacturing in Cape Town. Recycling keeps the environment clean and creates jobs, they heard.
South African artist Mbongeni Buthelezi recycles plastic litter, adds some heat and melts it all on to his canvas to create some of the most audacious pieces of art. A regular exhibitor on the local and international art scenes for almost 20 years, he has been hailed as one of the country's most innovative artists.
Every year, thousands of volunteers around the world pitch in to help the Ocean Conservancy's global clean up. In South Africa, they picked up over 10 000kg of rubbish in 2014.
South Africa aims to have all households in the country's large centres separating their own waste into recyclable and non-recyclable material by 2016.