SOUTH AFRICA – MetPac-SA, the Producer Responsibility Organisation (PRO) that represents the metal packaging recycling industry in South Africa is partnering with Trash4Treats to promote waste recycling in primary schools and communities.

Trash4Treats is an educational campaign that encourages school children and the surrounding communities to bring recyclable waste to school.

During these “activation days” the energetic Trash4Treats team teaches kids about the why, what and how of recycling.

The class or grade that collects the most recyclable waste is rewarded with exciting treats from the Trash4Treats spaza shop.

In addition, the schools that collect the most recyclables during the year will win their share of R100 000 in prize money for upgrading their facilities (1st Prize: R40 000; 2nd price: R30 000; 3rd price: R15 000; and R5 000 that will be awarded to the schools in 4th, 5th and 6th place).

Until now, the pilot phase of the project has mainly been funded by INEOS and only targeted areas in the Western Cape, including Mitchells Plain, Gugulethu, Khayelitsha, Nyanga, Tafelsig, Philippi, Heideveld and Weltevreden Valley North.

Thanks to the overwhelming success of the pilot program, other sponsors such as MetPac-SA have joined to help take the message about the recycling of metal packaging to a wider audience.

Thirty participating schools located in the Western Cape will receive educational posters, specially branded ample collection bins and bulk bags to assist them with their ongoing collection efforts.

“It made a lot of sense for MetPac-SA to become involved with the Trash4Treats program. Not only does it reach very important demographics of our target audience, namely primary school children, their parents, educators and the surrounding communities, but it also demonstrates to them that waste has value,” said Kishan Singh, Chief Executive Officer of MetPac-SA.

“By connecting them with local waste collectors who buy back the collected materials at the going rate, a sustainable and mutually beneficial relationship is created between the school and the waste entrepreneur that benefits the whole community.”

Michael Baretta, Managing Director of DotGood, coordinator of the Trash4Treats program said they are very excited about MetPac-SA’s involvement in the project.

“Currently 6% of our overall recycling waste collection is metal. In the last 12 months, we have engaged with more than 32 000 learners, donated R150 000 to schools and collected more than 50 000 tonnes of waste from the schools that are part of the initiative,” he concluded.

“Thanks to the growing financial support, we will be able to almost double our reach and these numbers with a method and message that have proven, long-lasting benefits for the environment, society and the economy.”

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