Building the next generation of eco-champions
SCHOOLS RECYCLING PROGRAMME 2 324t of recyclable waste collected 78 youth jobs created since 2013 866 schools participated 36 collectors trained and supported 700 000 learners benefited 12 990 educators involved 982t of PET collected 40% of total collections was PET 12 223m3 Landfill space saved 1850t Carbon emissions saved R35m invested since 2011
IN NUMBERS 2018
in the past two years.
SCHOOLS RECYCLING PROGRAMME
2 324t of recyclable waste collected
78 youth jobs created since 2013
866 schools participated
36 collectors trained and supported
700 000 learners benefited
12 990 educators involved
982t of PET collected
40% of total collections was PET
12 223m3 Landfill space saved
1850t Carbon emissions saved
R35m invested since 2011
A new generation of eco-champions is driving recycling in their communities thanks to
Not only has the programme seen schools across South Africa collecting and creating a revenue steam from waste materials such as PET bottles, paper, plastic and cans by selling them on to be recycled; the programme is part of CCBSA’s commitment to creating a waste-free South Africa and is in line with
This year, the programme recovered 2 324 tonnes of recyclable material, which is almost double the amount of 1 168 tonnes collected last year and 76% above the target set for 2018. Of this, 982 tonnes, or 40%, was PET. This saved a total of 12 223m3 of landfill space and 1 850 tonnes of carbon emissions.
In 2018, 866 schools participated, benefiting more than 700 000 learners involving over 12 000 educators.
Pretoria and Thohoyandou claimed top spot at the
“At schools across South Africa, there is a sense of excitement and activism. Learners take the recycling message home to their communities too, building a culture of environmental stewardship, while seeing real on-the-ground benefits for their schools,” says Tsholofelo Mqhayi, Head: Enterprise and Community Development at CCBSA. “It is truly inspiring to see a record 866 schools participating this year, up from 40 when we started out seven years ago.”
At the heart of the programme, CCBSA partners with a number of waste recycling collectors, responsible for collecting waste from schools; instilling a collection rhythm in the schools; and the weekly reporting of data. Schools are paid for the volume of waste they collect per kilogram which they use to improve school facilities. Over the past seven years, the programme has created 78 jobs for young people as Recycling Representatives, with 24 going on to find permanent employment. In addition, as part of CCBSA’s Enterprise Development Programme, Tushiyah Advisory Services manages the enterprise development programme for 36 black and emerging waste management businesses, with a focus on youth and women.
These collectors are provided with business development support to provide growth orientated support that opens up markets and makes them more sustainable.
Collectors undergo training in modules such as budgeting, financial management, marketing and human resources.
Says Mqhayi: “When everyone is committed to reducing, re-using and recycling, it can uplift communities and help them thrive”.