Residents’ recycling project grows

2018-07-17 06:01

The Rosebank and Little Mowbray Recycling Project is growing from strength to strength, with its service having been extended for a six-month period.

The project was started by a few residents who wanted to minimise the amount of litter going to landfills and promote a healthy living environment. It started with an agreement for a three-month collection period. This period ends on Thursday 19 July.

The new contract starts on Thursday 2 August, with some slight challenges, which require more commitment from the involved residents.

The Rosebank and Little Mowbray Recycling Project pays a fee to keep the service going and it costs R220 per collection point regardless of the quantity of collection. It will no longer be collected every week but instead twice a week.

Jane Keen, the founder of the project, says they currently have 180 households signed up for the next period and the numbers are still expected to grow. She says due to excessive costs reported by the collecting body it was agreed that members will be buying their own “clear” plastic bags.

She explains that clear bags make it easy for collectors to identify the type of recyclables inside. They collect bottles, glass, paper, plastic and tins.

Keen says the more residents that recycle, the better, as everyone will be playing a role in protecting the environment.

She says the idea followed a realisation that few people from Rosebank were recycling and they saw the positive impact of those who were in neighbouring communities. She says the few that were recycling had to travel to depots to drop off their items but now they have it collected from their doorstep.

Resident Jos Jefferies says: “In today’s world so much of what we buy or use is packaged in plastic, glass, cardboard, tins or paper and almost all of this packaging can be recycled and used again. We also generate waste paper in our offices and schools.

“If we remove these items from our weekly refuse collection and set them aside for recycling then they do not become part of the waste stream going into landfill sites that are filling up rapidly.

“I also no longer have to make a regular trip to the recycling depot in Wynberg because Averda collects my recycling from my front gate.”V For more information, email info@­lmrid.capetown.

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