by Knysna Municipality

Recycling Bins for Schools project

Knysna Municipality donates recycling drums to schools

Knysna Executive Mayor Georlene Wolmarans officially hands over three plastic drums to Sedgefield Primary
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The Knysna Municipality has provided 14 schools with 42 bins for recycling as part of an ongoing initiative to raise environmental awareness and encourage sustainable waste management practices in communities.

Municipal manager Lauren Waring said the Recycling Bins for Schools project was initiated by the municipality’s Environmental Management Department, which sourced 200-litre plastic drums from PetroSA. “The donated bins were collected and distributed by our Solid Waste Management Department, which will also be responsible for the regular collection of the recyclable waste from the schools.”

She said that while the initial idea was to distribute mainly to a few schools for which recycling facilities were difficult to access, enough drums were donated to give most of the schools in the Knysna Municipal Area three free drums. ”We thank PetroSA for their generosity and contribution toward cleaning up the environment,” added Waring.

With the drums, the municipality has distributed pamphlets to the schools to guide them regarding the correct way to recycle.

Speaking at the delivery of drums at Sedgefield Primary in Smutsville on 13 June 2013, Knysna executive mayor Georlene Wolmarans told learners that recycling was important to conserve the environment. “The less junk out there, the less chance there is for animals and plants dying from the pollution it causes. Also, for every item we reuse, we don’t have to make another one – and that saves trees from being made into paper as well as water and electricity that would have been used in the manufacturing process of other items.”

She told learners about the basics of recycling and asked them to recycle at home as well.

Ms Wolmarans said the drums project also celebrated World Environment Week, which was celebrated from 3 to 7 June, and World Environment Day on 5 June. “This day was established as far back as 1972 to mark the Human Environment Conference in Sweden and the subsequent establishment of the United Nations Environment Programme.

“World Environment Day aims to encourage people to become active supporters of sustainable and equitable living, to promote awareness and an understanding that communities play a central role in changing attitudes toward environmental issues, and to develop partnerships that will ensure all nations and people enjoy a safer and more fulfilling future.

“Celebrate World Environment Day by appreciating this unique planet and making a conscious effort to practise energy-saving techniques, walk or cycle to work, recycle, reuse, support fresh produce markets, avoid environmentally hazardous goods or wasteful packaging and ensure a healthy and well-balanced lifestyle,” said Wolmarans.

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