MOBILISING SCHOOLS TO IMPROVE RECYCLING
Packa-Ching, a community recycling collection initiative, is on a mission to improve the country’s recycling rate by mobilising schools and their learners. Started by the Polyolefin Responsibility Organisation (Polyco) in 2017, Packa-Ching mobile units are now operating in six areas across South Africa. Residents have so far been paid out over R2.5 million for the three million kilograms of used recyclable packaging that they have brought to Packa-Ching.
Building on this success, school programmes will be launched to educate learners about the value of recycling. By influencing positive behaviour towards recycling at schools, it is hoped that learners will take this home and encourage their families and community members to recycle waste, at the same time earning money for it.
Accumulated waste, especially in underprivileged communities, continues to be a huge social and environmental problem as it adversely affects the quality of life within communities. With Packa-Ching, the goal is for residents to see waste not as litter but rather as money, offering a dignified opportunity to earn an extra income and keep their communities clean at the same time.