Albertyn one of top recycling schools

2016-04-21 06:00
<The winning recycling team of Laerskool Albertyn. At the back from left are Mrs J. Huiskens and Emmy Nxayeka (Schools Project Co-ordinator from The Waste Trade Company) with the team of children. Photo: SUPPLIED

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The Waste Trade Company announced its winners of the 2016 school project, and Laerskool Albertyn was among the top three schools in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro.

Albertyn learners collected a total of 2 914 kg of items for recycling. This earned the school R1 000 in cash, donated by Mpact Recycling SA.

“The education of our youth lies at the heart of preserving the planet and creating environmental awareness, therefore we aim to empower kids with the knowledge and principles of recycling,” said Emmy Nxayeka, The Waste Trade Company’s Schools Project Co-ordinator.

The Schools Project was initiated in 2009 as part of The Waste Trade Company’s social responsibility campaign and has since signed up 180 schools in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro.

Understanding the nature of children, the project was built on the following principle: “Tell me and I’ll forget, show me and I may not remember, involve me and I’ll understand.”

The Schools Project visits schools to teach the children about recycling and waste separation not only by show and tell, but by involving them in the process.

Children are encouraged to bring recyclable materials from home, which they get to distribute in the waste separation area after attending the theoretical info session. Participating schools benefit from the free collection of recyclable materials and the rebate received from The Waste Trade Company for the recyclables. The funds are usually put towards buying sporting equipment, upgrades or even creating soup kitchens in the underprivileged communities.

“This initiative has been a huge success and we are also facilitating educational field trips to our depot. The children can now have a firsthand experience of the magnitude of waste processed per day and see how it is being separated,” said Nxayeka

Businesses and industries in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro now have the opportunity to donate their waste to schools. Through companies’ involvement with this worthwhile project, they will become part of an enthusiastic group working towards a cleaner environment and the conservation of our natural resources, saving energy for the generations to come and assisting school in raising much-needed funds.

The Waste Trade Company 2016 school project winners were Kabega Primary (11481 kg) with BJ Mnyanda Primary as runners-up (6443 kg).

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