Partnership inspired by sustainability

2016-02-24 06:00
Wildlands will now focus its local efforts on its wastepreneurs, community members who collect and barter their waste for livelihood support and school networks. PHOTO: supplied

Wildlands will now focus its local efforts on its wastepreneurs, community members who collect and barter their waste for livelihood support and school networks. PHOTO: supplied

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WILDLANDS, a leading Hilton environmental NPO, is dedicated to conserving South Africa’s biodiversity and, with the Msunduzi Municipality, launched the “Kerbside Programme” in 2013.

The kerbside-orange bag programme is aimed at providing residents with a convenient and hassle-free recycling collection service.

“Wildlands is proud to say it assisted the Msunduzi Municipality with the establishment of the orange bag recycling model. However, after almost three years of recycling collections Wildlands has decided to hand over this service and the rolling out of this programme to the new and upcoming network of SMMEs. We are shifting our focus to more catalytic interventions that have defined socioeconomic benefits,” said Wildlands CEO, Dr Andrew Venter.

Wildlands will now focus its efforts on its wastepreneurs, community members who collect and barter their waste for livelihood support and school networks. These are both strong networks that have a significant impact on waste management in the two municipalities, Msunduzi and uMngeni.

“Since establishing this model it has been exciting to watch the industry expand at a rapid rate. There are a group of emerging SMMEs the Msunduzi Municipality has committed to supporting this year and will ensure the kerbside programme continues to run smoothly and effectively for residents.

“As Wildlands we convey our sincere and heartfelt appreciation to the Msunduzi Municipality for their amazing contribution and continued support in ensuring the kerbside programme success, and as a result will continue collecting from the seven recycling villages which we have across the two municipalities, because these provide an important community service,” said Venter.

The recycling villages can be found at Hayfields Mall, Quarry Shopping Centre in Hilton, Greensdale, WESSA in Howick and Curry’s Post in Nottingham Road.
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