Langa breaks records recycling

2017-08-31 06:00
Residents cash in for the recycling project launched in Langa on Tuesday.PHOTOS: Mbongiseni Maseko

Residents cash in for the recycling project launched in Langa on Tuesday.PHOTOS: Mbongiseni Maseko

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A newly established recycling centre in Langa could not have come at a better for residents who admit that it helps put food on the table.

Packa-ching was launched last Monday by Polyco, and is a huge hit with locals , who bring in their waste, ranging from old papers, plastic containers, bottles and the lot in exchange for money.

The project is the first of its kind in the area, which not only generates income for them, but also helps to keep the area clean.

Polyco, a recycling company, approached Langa Greater Dreams of Hope, to raise awareness about the importance of being part of recycling.

Langa Greater Dreams of Hope(LGDH) is a Non Profit Organisation which helps residents with job placements, writing of CVs, helps school drop-outs and refers the youth for drug rehabilitation.

Songi Masoka, of LGDH, said the project has since its launch created about 10 job opportunities for the local youth who work on a contract basis.

Masoka said the project is making a difference in the lives of those who collect the recyclable materials.

“We understand that some residents come here expecting to cash-in a lot of money, but that is not the case. We believe that the little that they get makes a difference in their lives. It does not only keep the area clean, but also feeds the residents,” she said.

Brooke Kühne, project co-ordinator for Packa-ching, said they realised that most residents had too little information about the benefits of recycling, and this led them to extend their services to the area.

“We did a research and found that most people were not aware(of the benefits).

Another reason for people not being part of recycling is that they do not have local facilities.

Since we started over a thousand people have come forward to exchange their goods for cash.

We received over eight and a half tons of material on our first day. The response is good. The little money residents get is better than nothing,” she said.

She also said they have also set a community fund which will benefit the area with anything that they need such as a park.

Residents bring their materials to a mobile trailer which travels around the area from Monday to Thursday.

The money is loaded onto their personal membership cards as soon as they recycle.

Langa resident Tamara Ngwenze,54, came to recycle plastic containers and bottles, said she was happy for being part of the recycling as she now manages to put food on the table for her four children.

“I joined because I am unemployed with no source of income. I manage to buy cabbage, milk and other grocery with the money that I get from cycling. We no longer (have to) beg for food,” Ngwenze said.

Another resident, a Gogo, 77, said her expectations where somewhat dampened after taking home less that she had hoped.

“I was disappointed ... I was paid only R5 for a bag of plastic containers.

“... But I will now focus only on recycling glass bottles and cardboards, because they weighed heavier.”

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