Local initiative goes all out for Mandela Day

2017-07-05 06:02

THE Re-Trade Project, a community-based recycling and social empowerment project, is planning to celebrate Mandela Day on July 18 in style and invite the public to join them.

The project, which was founded in 2014, aims to educate local communities about eco-sustainability and restoring the environment through public recycling depots.

The Re-Trade Project works primarily as a recycling buy-back centre where individuals are given the opportunity to purchase necessities such as food, toiletries and household items in exchange for recyclable goods.

Through this value-for-value system, they aim to assist disadvantaged individuals who are in need of basic human essentials.

Traders collect the recyclable goods, like plastic bottles, tins and paper, and take them to Fountain Vineyard Church at specific times where volunteers help them assess the recyclable materials.

They are then awarded points for clean and sorted recyclables which can be used to purchase goods in the Re-Trade Store.

The recyclable materials are then collected by Recycle Yourself and the proceeds are used to purchase new stock for the store.

On Mandela Day the Re-Trade Project will host a Recycling Open Day and Beach Clean-up, giving residents the opportunity to spend their traditional 67 minutes of volunteering or community service in aid of a local initiative.

The Recycling Open Day will take place at The Re-Trade Project store in Newcombe Avenue, Walmer Heights, where one can visit the shop where the core of their business takes place.

They also encouraged people to clean their local beaches or join them at Schoenmakerskop opposite Sacramento Restaurant between 1pm and 2pm.

Also forming part of their Mandela Day campaign is a Food Drive where businesses can collect 67 items of food by July 18 to donate it to their store.

For more info contact the Re-Trade Project on 074 421 8481 or theretradeproject@gmail.com.

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