Creating a clean hood for others

2019-06-04 06:00
From Left To Right: The team responsible for cleaning Lansdowne and they hope to take this initiative to other areas.

From Left To Right: The team responsible for cleaning Lansdowne and they hope to take this initiative to other areas.

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A clean and healthy neighbourhood; that is what friends and business partners Wade Kleinhans and Chad Cuddumbey are dreaming about, and they are willing to get their hands dirty to achieve that.

More than two years ago they registered a company called New Earth Projects, in order to achieve their goals. The company collects litter around Lansdowne and other areas in a quest to have a “zero-waste area”. They sell all the recyclable items and all the proceeds go towards their workers. They say their wish is to spread the initiative to the nearby communities.

“We provide the community with plastic bags and have a sponsor for that,” explains Kleinhans.

He says they cover one area a day where they collect different littered items. They group those items into plastics and glasses. Dry waste such as cardboard is placed in one plastic bag.

“We sell recyclable items to recycling companies so that we can make money to give something to the guys that work with us,” explains Cuddumbey.

Kleinhans says they are trying to get people conscious about littering and the response from the residents has been positive. “In a way, we are also helping the city to save some money. We are also looking at educating children about dumping,” he says.

Cuddumbey says they would like more people, especially youth, to get involved. “We wish to have an event that will talk about promoting recycling,” he shares.

He says they also wish to move into informal areas, where they will help and educate informal waste pickers.

The duo says they are getting a lot of public support, with some people giving them items they no longer use. These include books, clothes and water pipes.

In return, they donate to needy places.

Team member Roji Mthuzimele (61) says cleaning people’s driveways for free gives him great pleasure. He has been with the company for two years and says residents have been showing kindness to them.

“All I want to say to people is they must make use of the plastic bags that we hand them so that by the time we come, we just pick and go. That makes our work easier,” he asks.

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