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The Schools Recycling Project prizegiving by The Waste Trade Company

The Schools Recycling Project prizegiving by The Waste Trade Company

The Waste Trade Company is a Proudly South African company, established in Port Elizabeth in 1998.  We serve the NMBM, as well as Addo and Kirkwood.  Our markets are divided into our business markets, which consist of industrial, corporate and retail clients and then our CSI division, which is The Schools Recycling Project.

The Schools Recycling Project was started in 2009 and has grown to 250 clients since.  When the project started we used to collect an average of 12 tons of recyclables a month, we now collect over 50 tons a month (this has been consistent over the last two years). 

The Schools Recycling Project is based on the following principle:  "Tell me and I'll forget, show me and I may not remember, involve me and I'll understand." - as we maintain that recycling is "hands on", you cannot preach the green gospel without practicing what you preach.

Our current schools activities include:

·         Assembly Talks (where we go to schools and educate children about the importance of recycling)

·         Depot Tours (where groups of children can visit our depot to learn about the recycling industry)

·         Cleanup Campaigns (river cleanups, beach cleanups, community cleanups)

·         Competitions (the top 3 recycling schools are rewarded with cash prizes every term)

The Schools Recycling Project provides schools with the needed resources in order to recycle, we collect at no cost, and schools receive a financial rebate for their recyclables.

More information about The Waste Trade Company and what we do is available at:






Top 3 Recycling Schools for Term 3 of 2015 based on the total weight of recycling brought in over the three months:


  • Kabega Primary - 10634kg
  • BJ Mnyanda Primary - 5618kg
  • Albertyn Primary - 2753kg

Photo caption: Top Recycling School, Kabega Primary. 

Back Row:  Corrie van Eck (Acting Principal), Hayley Jackson (Gr 6); Jordan Govindasamy (Gr6); Kay Hardy (General Manager The Waste Trade Company); Roche O'neill (Gr 6); Thabisa Lelaka (Gr6)

Front Row:  Wikkie Burger (Gr 6); Vicky du Toit (Marketing Manager The Waste Trade Company); Dr Adele Botha (Teacher Kabega Primary);  Emmy Nxayeka (Schools Project Coordinator The Waste Trade Company)