NATIONAL NEWS - Recycling is important in today’s world if we want to leave this planet for our future generations.
Recycling begins at home and the three most important ‘R’s one has to remember are reduce, reuse, and recycle.
To encourage people to start or to keep recycling during lockdown, the Polyolefin Responsibility Organisation (Polyco) has pledged to donate R10 towards a relief fund for informal waste reclaimers for every new Facebook like and Instagram follow that the Million Plus plastic recycling revolution receives until May 8, up to a maximum of R50 000.
The Million Plus plastic recycling revolution is a movement aimed at mobilising more than one million South Africans to recycle their plastic packaging.
“Now is a great time to pledge your commitment to better household recycling habits by joining the Million Plus plastic recycling revolution,” said Mandy Naudé, chief executive officer of Polyco.
Waste reclaimers are the unseen faces behind the scenes who keep the waste sector running and the environment clean.
“While everyone is at home, household waste generation has increased; recyclers and collection companies have not been able to operate, and our waste pickers have been cut off from their livelihoods.
“As per new regulations on 29 April, recycling is now permitted at 50 per cent capacity and informal recyclers are permitted to resume operations.
“These people and this sector need your support now, more than ever before,” said Naudé.
“We recognise the important role that waste reclaimers play within the recycling sector and in turn how the recycling stream provides them with a source of income.”
Polyco has donated R100 000 towards a relief fund for informal waste reclaimers that has collected over R785 000 from Polyco and other industry organisations.
Waste reclaimers, who are members of the South African Waste Pickers Association and Africa Reclaimers Association, have received electronic Goodwill Vouchers on their cellphones via eVoucher.mobi that are redeemable at a number of outlets to buy essential goods.
Polyco has also shown its solidarity with the users of their innovative mobile separation-at-source recycling service, Packa-Ching, who have not been able to sell their recyclables to Packa-Ching during lockdown.
Polyco has donated an additional R120 000 to Packa-Ching users who have used the service in 2020 and who rely on selling their used recyclable packaging material to Packa-Ching to earn an income.
“We are calling on all South Africans to please keep recycling during lockdown.
“Wash and put out your recyclables for collection, or store them at home until a point when you can take them to a recycling drop-off location,” said Naudé.
“By doing this, you are helping to prevent this valuable stream from going to landfill and helping to stimulate our recycling economy.”
While the waste and recycling sector comes together to support waste reclaimers, you can support the growth of the recycling sector by joining the Million Plus revolution.
“Make recycling your next lockdown challenge.
“How much of your waste are you recycling and how many of your friends and family can you get to join,” said Naudé.