Recycling bins are delivered to Schools
The Earth Organization together with the School’s Recycling Programme partners spent and exciting week delivering bins and recycling stations to five schools in the South Durban Basin.
These schools have been chosen to participate in the pilot programme, and have each been given a Wheelie bin station, consisting of 4 wheelie bins for collecting; Glass, Paper, Mixed Recyclable (Tins, Plastic) and Wet Waste. Bulk recycling stations have also been placed on the school premises to collect all recyclables materials. The aim is to provide a drop-off area for parents and community members so that they can bring their recyclables to the school and increase the volumes collected by each school and significantly reduce the amount of recyclable waste going to landfill in this area.
The Earth Organization presented the bins to each school and spent time educating the learners about pollution and recycling. In addition, each learner received a booklet containing the facts about pollution, littering and the importance of recycling. It also shows which items can be recycled and which can’t, and the potential hazards of illegal dumping, a huge problem in these areas.
Ezwe, the African Penguin mascot, delighted learners and taught them which items belong in the different colour coded bins. Each classroom was provided with a bin to collect waste paper to make it easy for learners to recycle during their school day. The pilot programme will run for 3 months and more schools will be added to the programme in due course.