Bergvliet Primary School has picked up the baton on recycling and it is not looking back.The school has shown a significant increase in the recyclable items they are collecting and numbers don’t lie – the school seems unstoppable.The school’s collection rate increased from 9.7 tons in 2015 and 14.7 tons in 2016, to more than 32 tons in 2017 and they are showing no signs of slowing down.Building on the success of its School Recycling Competition around the country, Mpact Recycling recently honoured schools that have exhibited the greatest commitment to the initiative.These schools have increased their paper recycling figures significantly every year, and Bergvliet Primary was one of them.Mpact Recycling communications manager, Donna-Mari Noble, says the competition, which runs from February to September every year, encourages nursery schools, primary schools and high schools to collect as much recyclable paper and packaging as possible. The programme runs in Cape Town, Gauteng, Pretoria, Midrand, Durban and Richards Bay.“The schools are paid per ton collected, which they can then use to fund various school initiatives such as creating vegetable gardens, painting classrooms or buying books. These schools not only outperformed other schools in their districts, but increased their tonnage consistently over the years,” says Noble. Mpact Recycling congratulates all the schools that took part in the recycling programme across South Africa.“We would like to see more schools join the programme. “To those who are already part of the programme, please continue to grow your tonnages and help make South Africa a cleaner and healthier place to live,” concludes Noble.Paper and packaging that can be recycled through the school recycling programme includes old memos/letters, cereal boxes, soap boxes, printed paper, photocopying paper, newspapers, magazines, old telephone directories and books, school books, junk mail, catalogues, envelopes, and milk and juice cartons (Tetra Pak). V To take part in this project, visit Mpact Recycling’s website at www.mpactrecycling.co.za for more information.