Recycle Namibia Forum

Recycle Namibia Forum

Date: 2013-03-05

RNF calls on schools to enter the 2013 Schools Recycling Competition

The Recycle Namibia Forum (RNF) invites schools to apply to participate in the 5th Schools Recycling Competition (SRC) which commences on the 1st of April 2013.

Schools operating within the municipal areas of Windhoek, Swakopmund, Walvisbay, Ondangwa and Oshakati are invited to get their application form from virginia.kangootui@olfitra.com.na, and submit the completed entry form to the RNF by the 8th of March 2013. The RNF Management Committee will analyse all entries and inform the successful schools of their selection by the 15th of March 2013. The 2013/14 competition will be launched on the 19th of March 2013 when the winners of the 2012/2013 competition will also be announced.

Patricia Hoeksema, Chairperson of Recycle Namibia Forum said that over the years the competition has expanded beyond its initial start in Windhoek, to see participation from schools in Swakopmund, Walvis Bay, Oshakati and Ondangwa. Hoeksema says: “While we would love to see schools throughout Namibia recycling, the logistics involved in running this competition are tremendous. Therefore we are pleased and grateful that we can rely on RNF members such as Rent-A-Drum, who are able to regularly service the stands located at participating schools, and so doing extend our impact. The RNF is always looking for reliable partners and therefore, if we have adequate support, we will gladly extend the Schools Recycling Competition to more towns.”

She also said that Transport was still the biggest obstacle to recycling in Namibia, and that although some plastics can be recycled locally at the facilities of Namibia Polymer Recyclers in Okahandja, most recyclables have to be transported to Windhoek where they can be bailed and prepared for transport to South Africa.

The RNF supplies schools with a SRC recycling stand owned by the RNF for a period of 2 years. These schools have to renew their application for participation in the second year, while schools that own a SRC recycling stand need not apply for participation every year as they are automatically part of the SRC as long as they wish to be. The advantage of having their own stand is that they can generate even more income by selling the advertising space on the 4 front panels of their stand to companies for N$2500.00 (or more if they wish so) per panel per year.

In addition to earning revenue from their recyclables and standing a chance to win prizes, the RNF also supports participating schools with information and support throughout the competition.

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Note to editor:
The RNF is a non-profit membership organisation established with the main aim to make Namibia the country in Africa that achieves the highest success in promoting the 3R’s of Recycling, Reusing and Reducing and to successfully implement projects that educate Namibians, and change behaviour that enhance Namibia’s rates on the 3R’s.

Issued by Sindana for the Coordinator of the Recycle Namibia Forum
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