Rewarding clean habits

2019-10-29 06:01
Mitchell Heights Primary School wins top honour in the Trash For Treats clean up and recycling competition.

Mitchell Heights Primary School wins top honour in the Trash For Treats clean up and recycling competition.

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Mitchell Heights Primary School claimed the top spot in the INEOS Trash 4 Treats inter-school competition.

The initiative was piloted at 10 primary schools in previously disadvantaged communities in the Western Cape and sought to show learners the value of a clean environment.

The programme, which rewarded the collection of recyclables with food or ‘treats’, saw the collection of over 5 261kg of recyclable waste in just over seven weeks.

“I have noticed a big difference in our learners since we started Trash 4 Treats,” says school principal Gadija Thebus.

“Our learners now take pride in their school grounds and berate others who litter. It is a wonder to witness children take an active interest in caring for their environment.”

Mitchell Heights School learners collected, separated, cleaned and deposited 1 032kg of recyclable waste for the first-place reward of R30 000 allocated toward school facility upgrades and a R20 voucher for each learner to spend at their local shop.

Sakumlandela Primary School and Intshayelelo Primary School, both in Khayelitsha, placed second and third and received R15 000 and R5 000 respectively. “It is easier to learn a new habit, than it is to change an old one,” says INEOS representitive, Caroline Hughes. “This is why we chose to focus on primary school children for Trash 4 Treats. By creating these clean habits early, we are inspiring a generation of environmentally conscious children.”

Thebus says: “Sometimes we forget to inspire our children and tell them that they have the power to change the world. Thank you, INEOS Trash 4 Treats for starting a clean revolution at Mitchell Heights.”

INEOS plans to take Trash 4 Treats and its mascot, Trashy, to more schools in Gauteng and KwaZulu Natal in 2020.

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