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Marina Sea Salt and Nelson Mandela Bay Metro join hands in War on Waste

May 9, 2017
Marina Sea Salt and Nelson Mandela Bay Metro join hands in War on Waste

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, in collaborated with a Nelson Mandela Bay based multi-national company - Marina Sea Salt, on Monday launched a War on Waste school recycling project called 'Shine Your Light' at Kleinskool Primary School at Saltlake in Port Elizabeth.

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Deputy Executive Mayor, Mongameli Boban,i spoke at the launch of this private-public partnership and said; "We are at war against illegal dumping. We want our city to look beautiful and healthy for our children and attract investment that will benefit the people of Nelson Mandela Bay."

'Shine your Light' is part of the NMBM's massive War on Waste Programme that was launched by the Executive Mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay, Cllr Athol Trollip, in Njoli Road, KwaZakhele last month.

The ''Shine Your Light'' awareness campaign aims to educate young school children on the importance of keeping their communities clean and the need for and importance of recycling waste.

"Children are the future of Nelson Mandela Bay. They are ideally placed to carry messages about a clean environment and recycling back to their homes. It is for this reason that the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality and Marina Sea Salt decided to hold the launch of the campaign at a local primary school, Kleinskool (Ward 33), a known hotspot area for illegal dumping," the Metro said.

Ten schools across the Metro will participate in the campaign. The ten schools will compete against each other in collecting the largest number of empty Marina Salt containers and depositing them in special Marina Salt bins provided to all the participating schools.

The participating schools will receive R2 for every container collected, while the child collecting the highest number of empty containers in each school will be awarded a bicycle valued at R1000. The school that collects the most Marina Lighthouse Flasks will receive R5000.

Joint illegal dumping awareness programmes will be rolled out in all the participating schools and the surrounding communities. The awareness initiatives will include clean-up programme by litter pickers who have been employed in terms of the NMBM War on Waste Campaign.

 “If the environment wins, everybody wins. Go and tell your parents about the message you have heard here today and tell them to stop illegal dumping and keep their streets and yards clean,” said Deputy Executive Mayor Bobani. 

Image: Bennie Bekker from Marina Sea Salt, learner Simoney Gaba, principal of Kleinskool Primary Shaun Abrams as well as Deputy Mayor and Public Health MNC, Cllr Mongameli Bobani with the prize that is up for grabs in the SHINE YOUR LIGHT ON THE WAR ON WASTE SCHOOLS RECYCLING PROJECT.