PE’s Miss Earth finalist a champion for recycling

2016-08-03 06:00
Adria van der Merwe from Walmer Heights, Port Elizabeth, rolled out her waste project at Seyisi Primary School, teaching children about waste and recycling.         Photo: KEVIN MARK PASS

Adria van der Merwe from Walmer Heights, Port Elizabeth, rolled out her waste project at Seyisi Primary School, teaching children about waste and recycling. Photo: KEVIN MARK PASS

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PORT Elizabeth local, Adria van der Merwe, is one of the Miss Earth South Africa 2016 Regional Finalists.

The Miss Earth South Africa campaign for 2016 is #WasteStopsWithME and the objective is to create an understanding of the problem and to highlight the importance of each individual’s impact.

Van der Merwe is doing her Waste Project at Seyisi Primary School in KwaZakhele.

Here, she teaches the children about the need for recycling and what waste consists of.

She also teaches them that they can upcycle certain items from waste and create something new and exciting out of it. As a demonstration, she created pencil holders out of tins.

Van der Merwe is currently a final year music student at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) and a part-time modelling teacher at Extreme Models and Beauty.

“I have entered the Miss Earth South Africa programme because I feel as though on such a prestigious platform I could definitely make a difference in the world. The environment is so important and we are busy destroying our planet. Our current generation has to stand together to make sure that we have a good and healthy planet for our future generations to live in,” said Van der Merwe.

Recently, all of the finalists came together at Tsogo Sun Gold Reef City Theme Park in Johannesburg. The participants took part in an experiential tour of the Pikitup Southdale Depot so as to allow for a deeper understanding of waste and the journey of waste.

Following this, they went on a tour of Johannesburg CBD, where the team was able to see hijacked buildings, illegal dumping, informal recycling depots and the challenges of waste.

The Miss Earth South Africa 2016 winner will be announced September 8 at the Monte Casino Ballroom in Sandton. – REPORTER

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