Recycling of Glass/tins
As we were already busy with one form of recycling we took the opportunity to expand with our recycling activities.
We also recycle between 20 and 30 ton of glass and tins every month. Our glass and tin recycling not only generate some ongoing smaller income to the very poor of our community but also keep our dumping site cleaner. This project became quite a tourist attraction and many people stop to browse around our recycling activities. This division has been sponsored by Cennergi Windfarm since February 2016 and we trust they will also adopt and continue with this division.
Recycling of Plastic Bottles
Take a two-litre plastic drinks bottle, a heap of plastic bags, crisp packets and other non-biodegradable waste (roughly one week’s worth of plastic waste), and a stick. Pack the bottle full of the waste materials, packing it as tightly as you can, using the stick. That’s it. You have an Eco-brick. The story of EcoBricks started in Guatemala where Susanna Heisse, horrified at the level of plastic waste around Lake Atitlán in Guatemala, first came up with the EcoBrick idea. She built a wall out of them, which became an inspiration to others around the world.
The Thembani Project is aspiring to clean up our lovely town (and hopefully also most plastics & non-biodegradable waste lying around by paying R1 for every 2 litre filled Ecobrick. These ‘bricks’ will again be used in a variety of greening projects where we will build garden boxes, path ways etc. Examples of non-biodegradable waste- plastic bags/wrapping/sweets papers/chips bags/Styrofoam /tinfoil etc…
So next time you hold a plastic bottle in your hand, try thinking of it not as rubbish to be disposed of, but as the building block for something extraordinary.