Reduce, reuse, recycle

2015-07-08 06:01


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FOLLOWING the article published in Maritzburg Fever last week titled “Concerns over waste pickers”, the public expressed concern about visiting dumps and queried how to go about re- cycling­ on their own.

Role players from Wildlands Conservation Trust said there are 80 schools that run recycling programmes.

They collect from 61 schools in the Msunduzi Municipality and 19 schools in uMngeni Municipality which includes Howick and the Midlands.

There is a public recycling village that allows residents to recycle in Hayfields Mall.

Wildlands also operates the “kerbside programme” for Pietermaritzburg residents which has received overwhelming support and currently expands to over 24 suburbs throughout the Msunduzi Municipality­.

The aim of the kerbside programme is to provide residents with a convenient and hassle-free recycling collection service. This involves the householder buying clear bags from stores for the collection of paper, cardboard, plastic and cans on their verges.

“All you have to do is place your recyclables into the clear bags, place them outside on your verge on a specified day, and Wildlands Recycling will take it from there.

“The material collected is then sorted and baled at a depot near Midmar Dam where it is then sold to different end-users for the manufacture of recycled goods,” said Gayle Rubeus of Wildlands.

Residents wishing to join the kerbside programme should contact their ward councillor.

Buyi Makhoba, Wildlands communications and fundraising manager, said that there has been an increase in the number of people choosing to recycle in the city.

“We take numerous calls from residents asking where they can take their recycling. Wildlands is currently expanding these recycling villages and appeals to businesses and shopping centres to accommodate these recycling villages on their premises,” she said.

The most common item recycled is glass, one of the 10 streams collected by Wildlands. Others include plastic, cans, newspaper, magazines, mixed paper, tetra­ pack, polystyrene and cardboard.

“It’s encouraging to see that people want to help take care of the environment and reduce the consumption of fresh raw materials as well as the need to convert natural landscapes into landfill sites,” said Makhoba.

For more information contact Wildlands Conservation Trust at 033 343 6380 or visit www.wild lands.co.za

It’s encouraging to see that people want to help take care of the environment and reduce the consumption of fresh raw materials

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