The ‘hunt’ for plastic bottle caps

2015-11-26 06:00

Collecting plastic bottle caps is the new treasure hunt in Nelson Mandela Bay!

The treasure is that for each 2 litre bottle filled with caps, Timber Solutions will donate R1 to help shelter women and children affected by domestic violence. The high levels of sexual abuse against women and children are a sad reflection of the moral values of some South Africans. So, once again, another 16 days of activism of no violence against women and children commenced yesterday.

With this innovative “Love Earth Bottle Cap” project, more than 400kg (about 1 000 two litre bottles) of plastic bottle caps have already been collected so far – and it is only the start.

“The public are motivated to ‘go green’ this festive season by collecting all plastic bottle caps. With various drop-off points in Nelson Mandela Bay, this project aims to empower and instil a sense of environmental responsibility in residents,” says Melinda Labuscagne, committee member of the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa, Eastern Cape branch.

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality in partnership with Timber Solutions, the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Business School encourage residents to divert plastic from landfill sites.

Timber Solutions, a local green manufacturer specialising in recycled plastic furniture and applications, receives all the collected plastic caps and transforms them into beautiful furniture and planks.

Local drop-off points:


•Despatch Voortrekker Kommando, Wilma 082 451 3808

•Despatch Library

•Despatch SuperSpar

•Huis Tevrede, Wernich Street 9, Despatch


•Uitenhage Voortrekker Kommando, René 073 119 1004

•Uitenhage Library (also municipal libraries in Allanridge & KwaNobuhle)

•Levyvale SuperSpar

•Fairbridge Pharmacy, Aalwyn Drive

The final weigh-in for 2015 will be on Monday, November 30th. Timber Solutions will thereafter make the first donation of R1 for each 2 litre bottle filled with plastic bottle caps.

The project will continue during the festive season into 2016. For more information visit Combrinck)

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