The Glass Recycling Company (TGRC) is awarding the winning schools around South Africa for their ongoing glass recycling efforts. TGRC has awarded Kloof Senior Primary School in Durban with a prize of R30 000 as the regional winner in TGRC’s Annual Schools Glass Recycling Competition.
The school collected 72 324 kgs of glass bottles and jars in 2017! In fact, the school won first prize in 2016 too! The winning schools in KwaZulu-Natal hosted prize-givings where the cheques were handed over to principals by TGRC CEO, Shabeer Jhetam.
The three top-performing schools were selected in each region and received R30 000 (first prize for regional winner), R20 000 (regional runner-up) and R10 000 (regional third prize).
THE KWAZULU NATAL REGIONAL WINNERS:
— 1st Prize Kloof Senior Primary School (R30 000) (National Winner)
— 2nd Prize Isnembe Secondary School (20 000)
— 3rd prize Emthethweni Primary School (10 000)
The three top KwaZulu-Natal schools collected a total of approximately 93 603 kilograms of glass or 216 972 bottles and jars. The goal of this competition was for schools in Gauteng, Western Cape, Durban, Pietermaritzburg, East London and Port Elizabeth to collect as many glass bottles and jars as possible for recycling. Apart from placing glass banks at the schools, TGRC also supplied curriculum compliant material to enable teachers to facilitate an holistic view of the glass recycling process. A glass bank is a very large container for collecting a community’s recyclable glass. This is used as a recycling point for members of the public to deposit waste glass to be recycled.
“We want to encourage the youth of South Africa to look after the environment and make recycling a daily habit. Glass recycling requires so little effort from each of us and the impact it makes on the environment is vast. By running these competitions, we are hoping that learners, their parents, siblings and friends will make it a habit of recovering, reusing and recycling,” explains Jhetam.
Kloof Senior Primary School, from KwaZulu-Natal, was the national winner and received an additional R20 000. Throughout the competition, there were also monthly prizes awarded to the top performing schools per region with the highest collection of glass per month.
“The 2018 Annual Schools Competition has already kicked off, but, schools are still able to enter. The competition runs during the course of the year and will close on October, 31 2018. Schools can enter to win monthly cash prizes as well as the grand annual prize. We will be cheering all schools and hope they recycle even more glass bottles and jars than in 2017,” said Jhetam.