Supa Mama cleans up

2014-06-09 21:05


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Cape Town - Junk is being turned into gold in an alchemy of women in the community making rubbish bags from, well... rubbish.

Escourt born business woman Thina Maziya, owner of the recycling company Verigreen, works with 100 women who collect plastic from their areas. This is then consolidated and taken for processing.

The junk plastic is recycled and turned into refuse bags with the brand name Supa Mama.

Maziya’s business model cuts out the middleman and deals directly with the women collecting the plastic waste, paying them a better price for their recycling efforts.

Collection points have been set up near where the women live and work.

"We’ve also set up a safe SMS weekly payment system via [a bank's] CashSend system so [the women] don’t have to carry cash,” says Maziya.

The company plans to employ 500 collectors in time and hopes to hire women owner-drivers to fetch the plastic from the collection points.

The plan is to recycle 5 tons of plastic waste a week.

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