Schools are called to make a change

Schools from all over the country are encouraged to recycle glass and reduce their carbon footprint. Image: Facebook.

The Glass Recycling Company has kicked off this year in a green way by launching this year’s Annual Glass Recycling Schools Competition.

The company is inviting schools from all over the country to get involved by encouraging schoolchildren, teachers and parents to participate and do their part in reducing their carbon footprint, while standing a chance of winning great cash prizes.

Chief executive officer of the company Shabeer Jhetam said, “Schools wishing to participate will need to request a glass bank for their school. This will be where the community will be able to deposit their glass bottles and jars for recycling.

“The presence of a glass bank encourages parents, learners, teachers and local residents to engage in responsible recycling behaviour by separating their recyclables.”

Instilling important knowledge about green behaviours in South Africa’s next generation will see the country’s young minds engaging in sustainable solutions. In addition to a glass bank, the company will supply curriculum compliant material to enable teachers to facilitate a holistic view of the glass recycling process for schoolchildren.

Read: Reduce, reuse and recycle – everyday

“We are committed to bringing a greener, cleaner country to the next generation, and our aim is to educate and encourage young consumers to recover, reuse and recycle, as well as to emphasise how glass recycling positively impacts the environment with minimal effort,” added Jhetam.

The goal of this competition is for schools in Gauteng, Western Cape, Durban and Pietermaritzburg to collect the most glass bottles and jars for recycling.

This year, East London and Port Elizabeth have also been added as regions that can take part in the competition.

The schools which collect the highest tonnage of glass in each of the specified regions will win monthly prizes of up to R1 500 and annual cash prizes of up to R30 000 for their schools.

The competition commences in February and will close in October.

Read: Recycle, reuse and reduce

To enter and for more information regarding the rules and this year’s competition, contact Thandi Sibanya on 011 463 5644 or

By Andrei van Wyk

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