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Schools rewarded for recycling thousands of bottles

Written by: Megan Ellis

Local schools which participated in a glass recycling drive are being rewarded for their efforts with cash prizes. Numerous schools received thousands of rands for their achievements during a recycling competition held by the Glass Recycling Company (TGRC).

Kloof Senior Primary School, which placed first in the KZN regional competition and also topped the national rankings, was awarded R50 000 in total. The school collected 72 324kg of glass bottles and jars in 2017 – a huge recycling feat.

Isnembe Secondary School took second place in the KZN rankings, receiving an award of R20 000. Meanwhile, Emthethweni Primary School took third place and received R10 000.

Schools which topped the rankings in other provinces also received cash prizes.

"The three top-performing schools were selected in each region and received R30 000 (first prize for regional winner), R20 000 (regional runner-up) and R10 000 (regional third prize)."

The Glass Recycling Company

Together, the top three KZN schools collected 216 972 bottles and jars.

Schools in Gauteng, Western Cape, Durban, Pietermaritzburg, East London and Port Elizabeth also participated.

“We want to encourage the youth of South Africa to look after the environment and make recycling a daily habit. Glass recycling requires so little effort from each of us and the impact it makes on the environment is vast. By running these competitions, we are hoping that learners, their parents, siblings and friends will make it a habit of recovering, reusing and recycling.”

Shabeer Jhetam, TGRC CEO

Schools were also able to receive awards during the competition, as well as prizes for monthly rankings.

The 2018 leg of the competition is currently underway, with TGRC hoping that last year's achievements will be exceeded.

“The 2018 Annual Schools Competition has already kicked off, but, schools are still able to enter. The competition runs during the course of the year and will close on October, 31 2018. Schools can enter to win monthly cash prizes as well as the grand annual prize. We will be cheering all schools and hope they recycle even more glass bottles and jars than in 2017."

Shabeer Jhetam, TGRC CEO



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