Recycling making a difference

2016-01-21 06:00
Tongaat Central Library’s Viggie Padayachee with recipients of the hampers created thanked to the recycled items together. Photo: supplied

Tongaat Central Library’s Viggie Padayachee with recipients of the hampers created thanked to the recycled items together. Photo: supplied

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THE impact of recycling in Tongaat is not only keeping the community clean but helping provide groceries for the needy through the recycling project at the Tongaat Central Library (TCL).

Viggie Padayachee from the TCL said the project has grown since 2009 to attract great support from the community who provide recyclable cardboard and paper and the money collected from the recycling of these items is used to buy groceries.

“We use these groceries to create hampers for the needy in our community as often as possible,” said Padayachee. “Although it takes a lot of recycling to get enough money to create the hampers, it’s something positive which is coming out of it.”

Padayachee said dozens of people have already benefitted from this project thanks to the efforts of the community.

“The Tongaat community must be applauded for their efforts in recycling and through that, helping the needy in our community. These hampers make a huge difference in the lives of those who receive them and it’s only possible because of the people who have taken the time to recycle,” said Padayachee.

In the recent grocery hamper distribution, 15 people received hampers.

Padayachee said the recipients were chosen randomly from a database of people who the library has vetted as being in dire need of the hampers.

“We are also working with the ward councillor Michael Abrahams to ensure the neediest in the community get these hampers,” said Padaychee.

“These hampers have brought tears to the eyes of the recipients because that’s how much it means to them.”

Padayachee has thanked everyone who has taken their time to support the project so far and urged others to get involved.

People can get involved in this project by bringing their old paper, books, boxes and magazines to the library.

“Instead of throwing these items in the bin, they can go towards a good cause through recycling,” said Padayachee.

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