Bay schools invited to recycle glass, win prizes

2017-03-08 13:05
;Schools are invited to join in the fun of recycling glass to win great prizes for their school with The Glass Recycling Company.photo: mariska spoortmaker

;Schools are invited to join in the fun of recycling glass to win great prizes for their school with The Glass Recycling Company.photo: mariska spoortmaker

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SCHOOLS are invited to join in the fun of recycling glass to win great prizes for their school with The Glass Recycling Company (TGRC).

TGRC kicked off 2017 the green way by launching this year’s Annual Glass Recycling Schools Competition. TGRC invites all schools to become involved and make a difference in the environment. Learners, teachers and parents are encouraged to participate and do their part in reducing their carbon footprint, while standing a chance of winning great cash prizes.

TGRC’s CEO Shabeer Jhetam said, “Schools wishing to participate will need to request a glass bank for their school, which will be where the community will be able to deposit their glass bottles and jars for recycling.

“The presence of a glass bank encourages parents, learners, teachers and local residents to engage in responsible recycling behaviour by separating their recyclables.”

Instilling important knowledge about green behaviours in South Africa’s next generation will see the country’s young minds engaging in sustainable solutions.

“In addition to a glass bank, TGRC will supply curriculum compliant material to enable teachers to facilitate a holistic view of the glass recycling process for their students.

“We are committed to bringing a greener, cleaner country to the next generation, and our aim is to educate and encourage young consumers to ‘recover, reuse and recycle’, as well as to emphasise how glass recycling positively impacts on the environment with minimal effort,” continued Jhetam.

The goal of this competition is for schools in Gauteng, Western Cape, Durban and Pietermaritzburg to collect the most glass bottles and jars for recycling.

This year, Port Elizabeth and East London have also been added as regions that can take part in the competition.

The schools that collect the highest tonnage of glass in each of the specified regions will win monthly prizes of up to R1 500 and annual cash prizes of up to R30 000 for their schools.

The competition commenced in February and will close in October 2017.

Schools can still enter throughout the year, as they will be in line to win monthly cash prizes as well.

“TGRC is excited to be running the Annual Glass Recycling Schools Competition again this year.

“It is so important for the youth of today to know the difference they will be making by recycling their glass and the benefits this will have for the environment.

“This is a fun and interactive competition for schools and learners and we hope everyone will get involved in 2017,” said Jhetam.

Last year, the contributing schools collected a total of approximately 1.7 million bottles and jars.

By recycling this amount of bottles, enough energy is saved to operate a computer constantly for over 12 years and operate a TV for 8 years.

This was a phenomenal effort made by the participating schools.

For more info on the 2017 competition or to enter visit www.tgrc.co.za or contact Thandi Sibanya on 011 463 5644.

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