Hangberg recycling project rolls out

2017-02-21 06:00
Recruits of a waste collection project in Hangberg show councillor Roberto Quintas (left) their sorting station with compost, recycling and landfill containers.

Recruits of a waste collection project in Hangberg show councillor Roberto Quintas (left) their sorting station with compost, recycling and landfill containers.

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Thrive, a non-profit organisation in Hout Bay, is already getting a pat on the back for doing a good job in its mission to reduce waste in Hangberg and Hout Bay.

Through the Hangberg Zero Waste project the organisation’s members are hoping to reduce the amount of litter in the area as well as to help residents make a living. “Residents organised a 67-minute meeting to discuss how to clean up their area with the intention of creating a small business opportunity for a motivated group. This conversation led to the unfolding of a longheld vision of Thrive’s to bring the community together through practical action around waste management and education, seeing waste as a resource rather than a liability,” says Ashley Newell, a Hout Bay Partnership project coordinator.

The project was started with funding from the City of Cape Town via the Hout Bay Partnership, support from the Hangberg Peace and Mediation Forum and mentoring by Thrive. The initiative’s pilot project was launched last month.

Twelve locals have committed to the Hangberg Zero Waste project. They are educating 20 households each on how to sort household waste into three categories: clean recyclables, compostables (vegetable material) and landfill waste.

“Once sorted at the households, the waste will be delivered to a temporary storage area and then moved on to the central sorting area for sale and collection. The reduced landfill waste will be collected as usual by the City’s contractors.

V For more information contact Ashley Newell at ashley@houtbayparternship.co.za or visit www.thrive.org.za.

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