Howick recycle centre wants your paper

2010-08-12 00:00

A RECYCLING village was officially opened yesterday at the Wildlife and Environment Society of SA (Wessa) premises in Umgeni Valley Reserve in Howick.

“This is the first of many steps towards a low-tech centre,” said Tim Fannin, Umgeni Valley Reserve manager. “The centre will eventually include permaculture, recycling and other projects aimed at getting us off the national grid. We aim to create a centre where the public could see how it can be done.”

Jim Taylor, Wessa director of education, said the intention is to establish a “sustainability commons” at the Wessa’s national headquarters in Howick. “We want to build on the old idea of the commonage — land available to everybody that can be used as an example of sustainable usage. We need to live in a gentler way on the planet, but also in lasting way so that our children can enjoy the benefits.”

Tichaona Pesanayi, programme manager for the Southern African Development Community regional environmental education programme, said there are some startling facts associated with recycling, pointing out that recycling a one litre glass bottle produces enough electricity to light a 100 watt bulb for four hours.

The Wessa Recyling Village is also a response to the huge demand for such a facility in Howick said Caroline Conway-Physick, a project manager for the Wessa Eco-Schools Programme, and a driving force behind the creation of the village.

The village contains bins to collectwhite paper, mixed paper, cans, poly­styrene, magazines, sachets and cardboard.

The project is part of the Wildlands Recycling project, which is supported by the Pietermaritzburg-based African Conservation Trust with funds sourced from the National Lottery, Apple Green Recycling and Unilever SA.

In common with all the Wildlands Recycling project depots and villages, the words “reduce, reuse, recycle” appear on the signage. “Doesn’t that motto best describe a gentler way to live on the planet?” said Taylor.

• For more information, contact Tim Fannin or Caroline Conway-Physick at 033 330 3931 or Wildlands Conservation Trust 033 343 6380. Check out the websites and

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