Wind Farm ‘recycles’ funds

2016-01-28 06:00
Sinazo Pongolo bought her school uniform from Jbay Recycling through tokens she earned from recyclable material.                                         Photo: SUPPLIED

Sinazo Pongolo bought her school uniform from Jbay Recycling through tokens she earned from recyclable material. Photo: SUPPLIED

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SCHOOL uniforms and bicycles galore . . .

This year school children from Pellsrus in Jeffreys Bay and surrounding areas have all the more reason to recycle and collect those mulas.

Especially if they are planning on buying a brand new school uniform or a shiny bicycle.

The Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm donated close to R200 000 to the JBay Recycling Project in support of the good work the organisation does.

“The funds have been used to purchase school uniforms and bicycles for the swop shop, which encourages local children to save and recycle material,” says Pieter Oosthuizen, Plant Manager of Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm.

The JBay Recycling Project is an established community programme situated in Pellsrus that teaches children a number of essential values about the value of recyclable goods, saving, trading, independence and self-worth. Items such as school uniforms, which are in high demand at this time of the year, as well as bicycles made available by the additional wind farm funding, can be purchased by the local children with the tokens earned from recyclable goods.

“Children can swap tokens received from recyclable material for these sought-after items that they would normally not be able to afford,” says Tanya Lategan, coordinator of the JBay Recycling Project.

. The project was established in January 2011 and assists children to provide for their basic needs by exchanging recyclable materials for items like toiletries, food, stationery, school uniforms, clothes and toys in a ‘swop shop’. Aptly called ‘turning trash into treasure’, over 4 300 children have participated and more than 320 tonnes of recyclable material have been collected since the Project’s inception.

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