SA’s recycling ambassadors off to California

2011-03-03 14:59

Three learners from Eastwood Primary School in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, have proven that recycling does pay off.

Tonight they will be jetting off to attend the City of Oceanside’s Green Week in California – said to have one of the best recycling programmes in the world – for six days.

Kaleigh Hoskins (11), Kwanele Magwaza (12) and Noluthando Mabizela (12) are the winners of a recycling competition hosted last last year by The Green Earth Organisation in Pietermaritzburg at various schools.

They had to create objects out of recyclable materials such as cardboard, plastic and aluminium.

Kaleigh made a cardboard truck and and trailer; Kwanele made an aeroplane, using cardboard, wires and paper; while Noluthando made flowers out of aluminium and packets of chips.

None of the kids have ever been overseas. Kwanele described it as “a dream come true”. Besides looking forward to meeting new people, they also aim to fly the South African flag high by telling people that “South Africa is the best place you could ever go to”, said Kaleigh.

Said Kaleigh about caring for the environment: “Other South Africans should also care for the environment because it is their Earth too. Without trees, we wouldn’t have air to breathe; they give us paper and they give us shelter.”

But giving back to the environment is not their only motivator, they also pocket money from collecting recyclables.

On their return from California, they will be placed in an after-school club where they will be meeting with other kids on a regular basis to clean up their immediate environment and doing ongoing recycling at other schools in Pietermaritzburg.

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