Wishes granted as locals take to recycling

2017-05-16 06:01
From left are Karen Gray-Kilfoil and Yolanda Valentine, organisers of the recent recycling expo, with prize winners Michelle Saffer and Gelda Walsh (on behalf of Natalie Nolte).

From left are Karen Gray-Kilfoil and Yolanda Valentine, organisers of the recent recycling expo, with prize winners Michelle Saffer and Gelda Walsh (on behalf of Natalie Nolte).

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Far South residents will soon be able to check their “naughty” non-recyclables on the internet, thanks to the top wish at the Far South Peninsula Community Forum recycling expo in Fish Hoek in April.

Wendy Fourie from Fish Hoek wished there was a website to name and shame producers of non-recyclable packaging.

With her wish she won the top prize of a family membership for a year to the Two Oceans Aquarium.

Now a team from civil society organisations is launching a Facebook page – Waste Reduction Far South – to raise awareness of exactly what can and can’t be recycled from the curbside collection recycling bags. And the site will list other opportunities for recycling, reusing and reducing waste locally.

The second prize (an eco-friendly hamper donated by Dis-Chem) went to Shona McDonald, who heads Cape Town company Shonaquip. She wished there was “legislation prohibiting unrecyclable plastic to be used in retail stores, as has been so successful in ­Rwanda”.

The third prize (a hamper of ToadNuts items) was won by Natalie Nolte for her wish “for organic food and all toiletries, cleaning products to be available in bulk bins rather than packaging”.

The judges were so impressed with the 108 entries that they also awarded five special prizes.

Of the 108 tips or wishes, 44 addressed changes in behaviour, such as “have a compost bin and recycle as much as you can”. Eighteen people came up with suggestions aimed at manufacturers and producers, such as “to have honest labelling”. Ten suggestions addressed the need for national legislation such as to “ban plastic bags totally”.

Many of the suggestions focused on the need for advice to be spread more widely to encourage people to change what they do with their waste and to make informed buying choices and to put pressure on shops and producers.

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