Building on the success of its Schools Recycling Competition around the country, Mpact Recycling honoured schools that have exhibited the greatest commitment to the initiative and increased their paper recycling figures significantly every year.

Mpact Recycling communication manager, Donna-Mari Noble, says the competition, which runs from February to September every year, encourages nursery schools, primary schools and high schools in Gauteng, Pretoria, Midrand, Durban, Richards Bay and Cape Town to collect as much recyclable paper and packaging as possible.

“The schools are paid per tonne collected, which they can then use to fund various school initiatives such as creating vegetable gardens, painting classrooms or buying books.”

One of the notable success stories is Kids Haven, a pre-school based in Benoni, which educates homeless and abandoned children, providing shelter and equipping them for a better future.

Noble says the school collected over 11 tonnes in 2017. “What is so extraordinary about Kids Haven is that in 2016 they collected 2.5 tonnes of recyclable material. Only a year later, the school’s 176 pupils managed to collect over 11 tonnes. Those are pretty impressive numbers.”

Another school to boost its collection rate significantly was Bergvliet Primary School in Cape Town. The school’s collection rate increased from 9.7 tonnes in 2015 and 14.7 tonnes in 2016, to more than 32 tonnes in 2017. Snipper Snip Kleuterskool in Pretoria also collected an impressive 11 tonnes in 2017, exceeding its 3.3 tonnes figure in 2016.

In Alberton, Dumbo Nursery School’s 134 children increased their collection numbers from 15 tonnes in 2016 to more than 18 tonnes in 2017 while Summerhill School in Midrand grew its tonnage from 8 tonnes in 2015 and 9.5 tonnes in 2016 to 14.8 tonnes in 2017. In addition, Durban-based Kloof Senior Primary collected 35 tonnes and La Lucia Junior Primary’s collected 25.6 tonnes of recyclable material in 2017.

“These schools not only out-performed other schools in their districts, but increased their tonnage consistently over the years,” says Noble.

Mpact Recycling congratulates all the schools that took part in the recycling programme across South Africa. “We would like to see more schools join the programme. To those who are already part of the programme, please continue to grow your tonnages and help make South Africa a cleaner and healthier place to live,” concludes Noble.

Does your school want to get involved?

Simply visit Mpact Recycling’s website for more information.

What types of paper and packaging can be recycled through the schools recycling programme?

Old memo/letters

Cereal boxes

Soap boxes

Printed paper

Photocopying paper



Old telephone directories and books

School books

Junk mail



Milk and juice cartons (Tetra Pak)

Mpact Paper Recycling Competition