Waste recycle village set up in PMB

2010-10-20 00:00

READY to recycle, but not sure where to take your waste?

Hirsch’s Pietermaritzburg and Wildlands Conservation Trust have set up a recycling village at the back of the appliance retailer off Chatterton Road. The colour-coded village offers the public a site to dispose of their waste.

Recycling slows down the depletion of rapidly declining natural resources and limits the space needed for landfills, which ultimately become toxic wastelands. Wildlands is pioneering a recycling project that works with school networks, businesses and local communities to recycle waste. It also aims to educate children, staff and communities about the necessity of recycling and sustainable use.

Said relationship manager for Wildlands Gayle Evertse,“For years environmental organisations have been part of a green movement encouraging people to ‘reduce, re-use and recycle’. We are really proud to be able to implement a programme aimed at turning this into reality.”

Wildlands collects a variety of waste — glass, plastic, cans, polystyrene, cardboard, waxed cartons, newspapers, magazines and a mix of papers — from schools and businesses and recycles them with the help of its various partners.

Waste collected from schools receives a 40% rebate, while businesses receive a section 18a tax-deductable certificate to the value of the waste collected on a monthly basis.

Wildlands’ work relies on the ability to build partnerships across a variety of sectors and this forms the foundation of its Keeping our Planet in Business campaign to which Hirsch’s belongs.

The campaign is centred around the establishment of local networks of businesses that support Wildlands’ vision and want to help. The campaign was launched in Pietermaritzburg in 2009, and has received overwhelming support from local businesses. The funds donated are allocated to a project of the business’s choice in and around Pietermaritzburg.

“Wildlands has collected 340 000 tonnes of waste to date, keeping all of this out of Pietermaritzburg landfills,” said Richard Hirsch. His store wants to be part of that, he said, and wants its clients to contribute.

For more information, call Gayle Evertse at 033 343 6380.

The Wildlands Conservation Trust is a Hilton-based non-profit organisation dedicated to conserving South Africa’s biodiversity. — Supplied.

Wildlands collects glass, plastic, cans, polystyrene, cardboard, waxed cartons, newspapers, magazines and a mixture of discarded papers.

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