Albertyn among top recycling schools

2015-10-29 13:51
<The group of Grade 5 learners from Albertyn Primary School together with at the back/centre Mrs J Huiskens (teacher) and Kay Hardy (General Manager The Waste Trade Company). In front are Emmy Nxayeka (Schools Project Coordinator The Waste Trade Comp

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A total of 2 753kg of recyclable items, that is what it takes to be one of the top three schools when it comes to showing they care about the environment.

Albertyn Primary School in Uitenhage received a financial rebate for their recyclables after being named one of the Top 3 Recycling Schools for Term 3 of 2015 based on the total weight of recycling brought in over the three months. The winning school was Kabega Primary (10 634kg) followed by BJ Mnyanda Primary (5 618kg).

“We serve the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, as well as Addo and Kirkwood. Our markets are divided into our business markets, which consist of industrial, corporate and retail clients and then our CSI division, which is The Schools Recycling Project,” said Vicky du Toit, Marketing Manager at The Waste Trade Company, a proudly South African company established in 1998.

The Schools Recycling Project commenced in 2009 and has grown to 250 clients since.

“When the project started we used to collect an average of 12 tons of recyclables a month, we now collect over 50 tons a month,” said Du Toit.

The Schools Recycling Project is based on the principle of: “Tell me and I’ll forget, show me and I may not remember, involve me and I’ll understand.”

“Recycling ís hands-on, you cannot preach the green gospel without practising what you preach.”

The recycling project activities include:

•Assembly talks (where they go to schools and educate children about the importance of recycling)

•Depot tours (where groups of children can visit The Waste Trade Company depot to learn about the recycling industry)

•Cleanup Campaigns (river clean-ups, beach clean-ups, community clean-ups)

•Competitions (the top 3 recycling schools are rewarded with cash prizes every term)

“The Schools Recycling Project provides schools with the needed resources in order to recycle, we collect at no cost, and schools receive a financial rebate for their recyclables,” said Du Toit.

)For more information or to get involved in the project, contact Vicky du Toit on 084 404 2528.

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