AS part of The Schools Recycling Project run by The Waste Trade Company, Molefe Primary School was named one of the top recycling schools in Port Elizabeth for the last term of 2016.The Schools Recycling Project was implemented in 2009 and has since grown to service over 280 clients in Port Elizabeth, Despatch, Uitenhage, Colchester, Kirkwood and Addo. The majority of these clients are schools, but churches and non-profit organizations are welcome to participate as well. The Schools Recycling Project aims to empower children with the knowledge and principles of recycling by involving them in various educational activities. Furthermore, it offers schools a fun extra-curricular activity at no cost, and it can even generate funds for the school. The project is based on the following principle: “Tell me and I’ll forget, show me and I may not remember, involve me and I’ll understand.” The project has shown considerable growth in the last four years, 2016 being the year with the highest average volumes per month. “Anyone who follows us is aware of all the exciting initiatives we have to motivate all participants to recycle. We believe that our future lies in the hands of our children, and therefore we are committed to making this project sustainable,” said Kay Hardy, General Manager of The Waste Trade Company.“We are so excited to kick the year off with our top recycling schools,” said Emmy Nxayeka, Schools Project Coordinator of The Waste Trade Company. “Looking back at 2016, in one year all of our schools managed to save an average of 8 800 trees!”Molefe Primary is a new entrant to the project and won second place for the last term of 2016, with a total weight of 5 738kg of recyclables. Kabega Primary carried the winning flag for being the top recycling school with 12 990kg of recyclables, while Albertyn Primary, located in Uitenhage, took third place with 4 533kg of recyclables.When told that the school was placed second in Port Elizabeth, school teacher and organizer of the enviro club, Nomalunga Kwatsha, exclaimed, “What, we came second?” “Wow, we are so happy,” the very surprised teacher continued. Principal Xola Rasi was very grateful for the R2 000 prize money, donated by Mpact Recycling SA. “The money will help us relieve our paper shortage, so we can start the year on a good note,” he said. Rasi also advised other schools on how to make a recycling project work. “Motivation and education is key; remind and encourage the learners, and involve the parents.” Molefe Primary also manages their own vegetable garden, which is used toward meals for the learners. They intend to keep winning in order to purchase a water tank for the school.