Don’t throw those cans in the rubbish

2008-01-14 00:00

With the festive season having come and gone, many residents of Pietermaritzburg may find themselves with an impressive collection of beverage and tinned food cans.

Instead of throwing away all your used tin cans, why not recycle them through Collect-a-Can, which is a non-profit organisation? At the same time you could be raising funds for a school at Nottingham Road.

Used beverage cans form one of the largest sources of festive refuse and, like paper products, can be recycled, said Collect-a-Can managing director, Funani Mojono. “Families and individuals can get together and collect the cans, in a trash bag, after all the festivities have ended. But rather than throwing the bag into the rubbish bin, they should drop it off at the nearest Collect-a-Can recycling centre.”

Items made of aluminum, glass, plastic or cardboard can all be recycled. The packaging from many holiday-related consumables can also be recycled. “There are many waste items lying around the house which can be recycled, such as the packaging from Christmas presents.”

There’s a financial incentive as well as a green benefit to recycling cans — as much as 44 cents per kilogram will be paid to supporters of the Collect-a-Can initiative when they take in their used cans.

If you would like to do your bit for the environment and for a worthy cause by helping Collect-a-Can with its initiative, you can visit its Collect-a-Can recycling centre at King’s School in Nottingham Road.

Or alternatively, for further information, visit the website www.collectacan.co.za or contact the school at 033 263 67160.

• The Collect-a-Can initiative is supported by Mittal Steel South Africa and Bevcan, which is a division of Nampak. Both companies manufacture beverage cans.

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