Green Desk initiative launched Before

2016-06-29 06:00
PHOTO: supplied Previously ‘un-recyclable' material was used in a new recycling initiative by Wildlands and Rural Waste Poverty Alleviation.

PHOTO: supplied Previously ‘un-recyclable' material was used in a new recycling initiative by Wildlands and Rural Waste Poverty Alleviation.

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WILDLANDS recently launched its Green Desk recycling initiative in Howick, which has found use for previously “un-recyclable” materials.

“This is an exciting step in our recycling journey. A key partner in this has been Rural Waste Poverty Alleviation (RWPA), who were inspired by the work we do, cleaning and greening communities nationally, and have worked tirelessly to find a ground-breaking to solution for previously these materials,” said Wildlands’ CEO, Dr Andrew Venter.

To increase the lifespan of products on shelves, multilayered plastic materials and packaging was developed and used. These plastics have not been recyclable, and up until now have been incinerated or ended up on landfill. RWPA have now figured out how to recycle these multilayered plastics, without the use of water, through a combination of grinding and extrusion, and squeezing and densifying the material into a mould, planks are being produced and used to create school desks.

“There is a shortage of more than 300 000 school desks in South Africa. Incorporating these desks into our existing models will help us close the loop by cleaning communities and supporting the education of children. The Green Desk project would not have been possible without support from Unilever and South 32. Unilever worked closely with us to innovate this solution and South 32 are actively assisting us with expanding into northern KwaZulu-Natal. Futurelife, Nedbank and Zululand Anthracite Colliery are also contributing with the collection of waste, the production of desks and the overall improvement of schools,” said Venter.

RWPA are also exploring opportunities around using these planks to build low cost housing and share a vision with Wildlands around uplifting communities, poverty alleviation and creating a sustainable future for all.
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