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Schools get a gold for going green!

The Glass Recycling Company’s (TGRC)’s Annual Schools Competition results are out, and once again the winning schools around the country have been recognised for their dedication to protecting our environment through glass recycling. In 2018 alone, schools across the country collected a total of 723 tons of glass – nearly 2.2 million glass bottles and jars!

TGRC’s Annual Schools Competition aims to motivate learners and teachers to make green choices for the improvement of our country. Increased awareness of the negative impact of pollution in our public spaces, such as beaches, public parks and roads, has brought about the need for South Africans to find better ways of disposing of packaging waste. The best possible way to remove waste from our environment is to recycle! Thankfully, glass can be recycled endlessly without affecting the quality of new glass bottles and jars produced from old glass. TGRC is making recycling a fun activity through gamification (by competing against class mates and other schools) and encouraging learners to recycle as many glass bottles as possible, in order for schools to win cash prizes.

TGRC awarded Bergvliet Primary School, based in the Western Cape, with the National Winner’s prize of R20 000. This was awarded to them over and above their R30 000 regional prize, as well as their monthly prizes. During 2018 Bergvliet Primary School collected nearly 80 tons of glass.

The Western Cape certainly lived up to its green reputation as their top three schools collected a total of approximately 145.5 tons of glass – 436 500 bottles and jars. The three best KwaZulu-Natal schools collected 128 tons of glass or 384 000 bottles and jars. In Gauteng the top three schools collected a total of 87 tons of glass or 261 000 bottles and jars. Lastly the three top Eastern Cape schools collected approximately 11 tons of glass or 33 000 bottles and jars.

Schools in Gauteng, the Western Cape, Durban, Pietermaritzburg, East London, and Port Elizabeth were challenged to enter the competition. TGRC placed glass banks at the schools where glass could be deposited and supplied curriculum-compliant material to enable teachers to facilitate an holistic view of the glass recycling process.

“Schools are encouraged to enter the 2019 TGRC Annual Schools Competition to win cash prizes, as well as the chance to win the annual grand prize. This is a great way to challenge class mates and have fun while saving energy, and reducing waste and litter. We are excited to see schools showing their passion for the environment and getting involved. The 2019 Annual Schools Competition has kicked off, so if you haven’t entered your school yet, make sure you do, as there is still time. The competition runs from February to 31 October and you can enter throughout the competition period.” said Shabeer Jhetam, CEO of The Glass Recycling Company.

REGIONAL WINNERS

THE WESTERN CAPE REGIONAL WINNERS:

1st Prize Bergvliet Primary School (R30 000 plus R20 000 as National Winner)
2nd Prize Kenridge Primary School (R20 000)
3rd prize Sunningdale Primary School (R10 000)

THE KWAZULU NATAL REGIONAL WINNERS:

1st Prize Kloof Senior Primary School (R30 000)
2nd Prize Isnembe Secondary School (20 000)
3rd prize Ilanga Secondary School (10 000)

THE GAUTENG REGIONAL WINNERS:

1st Prize Laerskool Anton Van Wouw (R30 000)
2nd Prize St. Paulus Pre-and Primary School (R20 000)
3rd Prize Alma Mater International School (R10 000)

THE EASTERN CAPE REGIONAL WINNERS:

1st Prize Herbert Hurd Primary School (R30 000)
2nd Prize Laerskool Kabega Skoolfonds (R20 000)
3rd prize Incredible Kids Day Care (R10 000)

logo TGRCFor more information about the 2019 competition, please contact The Glass Recycling Company on 011 803 0767 or email Thandi (thandi@tgrc.co.za). You can also visit our website for competition terms and conditions.