GALLERY: Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa award local Schools Recycling Programme

Mrs Hlongwane of Ntendeka Primary School.

On Thursday, November 2, Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) hosted a regional awards ceremony at the Blackrock Casino, to honour schools from the Newcastle area who participated in the 2017 Schools Recycling Programme.

Participating schools committed to collecting at least 1 000kg of waste a month, with at least 30 percent of which had to be polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

Those with a monthly haul of more than two tonnes, stood a chance of winning cash prizes to be used for the upgrading of their facilities.

The programme is a part of CCBSA’s commitment to collecting post-consumer waste and raising awareness about the importance of waste management and recycling among learners in regions where it has a presence.

“Schools are the perfect partner in such a programme as learners take the message of environmental stewardship home with them, spreading it within their direct circle of influence and, in the longer term as they grow up and become adults, driving responsible behaviour in their families and communities,” said Tsholofelo Mqhayi, Head of Enterprise and Community Development at CCBSA.

This year, schools collected a total of 1 146 tonnes of PET, cans and paper nationally.

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Schools in KZN collected 690 tonnes of the total waste collected, which means that they contributed up to 60 percent of the entire collection.

Apart from standing a chance of winning a cash prize, and helping to remove PET from the waste stream, participating schools earned revenue from the recycling material collected, while learners began to understand complex sustainability issues.

“Using knowledge, critical thinking skills and values, they are developing the capacity to participate in decision making about environmental and development issues,” said Mqhayi.

The programme had also created permanent jobs for 53 Youth Recycling Representatives in CCBSA and elsewhere.

Once the competition closed for the year, the top 10 schools underwent a rigorous adjudication process during September to determine the top three schools nationally.

Judges considered what each school collected and also gave schools an opportunity to present how they had included communities and parents in the process.

The top three primary and high schools in the country were unveiled at a festive awards ceremony in September at The Sheds in Alexander Street, Johannesburg.

Primary School Division:

– First prize of R50 000 went to Ekuthuleni Primary School in Kwa-Mashu, Durban.

– Second prize of R30 000 went to Siphosethu Primary School, also from Kwa-Mashu, Durban.

– Third prize of R20 000 went to Motjibosane Primary School from Hammanskraal.

High School Division:

First prize of R50 000 went to Motherwell High School in Port Elizabeth.

Second prize of R30 000 went to V.M. Kwinana Secondary School, Port Elizabeth.

Third prize of R20 000 went to Tlhatlogang Secondary School in Mofolo, Soweto.

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