Recycle Forum Namibia


Date: 21 September 2016

Recycle Namibia Forum (RNF) Coordinator, Anita Witt is overwhelmed with the interest and excitement shown by schools in the Schools Recycling Competition, which has now reached its mid-year mark. Witt: “From the current statistics it is clear that we have some strong contenders vying for the top positions. To date, the 44 participating schools have collected close to 55 tons of recyclables since the start of the current competition in March 2016.”

Due to the increase in recyclable volumes by the participating schools and the interest from more schools to participate, the RNF has identified the need to construct new stands and rebranding existing stands for a fresher look. The process is currently underway with the assistance and sponsorship of RNF members. According to Witt, during the past months, Global United/Hoffenheim have made available four new GEE OM stands, with Coca Cola Namibia adding an additional four stands. FNB Namibia has also equipped the town of Aranos to recycle – with a donation of two stands to the Trots Aranos project. This makes Aranos the first town to recycle with no recycler present – and the entire project is run by the community in and around the town. Their first delivery to Windhoek saw more than 2 tons of recyclables collected over a two-month period.

At present, RNF is in the process of rebranding VIGO – also an RNF sponsor and soft drink brand of Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) – stands, which will see more than 10 schools either receiving new stands, or being incorporated into the competition. The current FNB and Global United stands – which were sponsored by the two parties at the start of the competition in 2010, are also scheduled for a facelift during the coming months. At the coast, Mpact Namibia has supported the 3 R’s (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) by creating new recycling stands made from old pallets – which is more tolerant and appropriate for the coastal climate conditions. The pallet stands have been issued to three schools in Walvis Bay namely Headstart Montessori, Walvis Bay International School and Walvis Bay Primary School. Witt: “All in all, the Schools Recycling Competition has been injected with a new vibrancy with the issuing of much needed and attractive stands at more than half of the current 44 participating school. We are confident that this will encourage our youth to continuously be cognizant of the importance to reduce, reuse and recycle.” Witt further emphasized that since the inception of the Schools Recycling Competition more than 750 tons of sorted recyclables have been diverted from local landfill. Witt: “This highlights the efforts and the value of the recycling competition, the keen participation of learners, parents and the school management to make a difference, and it encourages the youth to reduce, reuse and recycle. However this reward stretches even further – the schools reap the financial reward for its efforts and the environment is well-preserved.”

Chairperson of RNF, Gloudi de Beer: “Each citizen has a role to play in preserving the environment and ensuring that it remains a safe place not only for us, but also for future generations. We all can be that difference by simply reducing the purchase of non-recyclables; reusing what we already have and can be re-used instead of trashing it in the garbage bin, and recycling every recyclable item we have in our homes.”

The Schools Recycling Competition started off with only 10 schools participating in 2009, and volumes have also, according to Witt consistently grown over the past few years, with an average of 14 kg of recyclables per learner collected in 2009 to a record breaking 179 kg per learner by last year’s winning school – Dagbreek School for the Intellectually Impaired. In total Dagbreek collected waste close to 20 tons and walked away with a cash prize of N$10 000. Witt: “Dagbreek is continuing with its commendable recycling efforts, which even included a clean-up recently in their vicinity to collect more items for their stand. They have managed to collect more than 12 tons to date for the current competition – which in itself is considerable. “
Other contenders for the top five positions include the Hage Geingob School; All Nations Christian School; DHPS; Delta School Windhoek; Pionierspark Primary School; Emma Hoogenhout School and both Pro-Ed schools in Swakopmund. Witt added that RNF member, B2Gold Namibia has confirmed that they will host the Best Improved School (based on an increase in volumes during the course of the year) at their education centre close to Otjiwarongo next year. Witt: “This means that 60 learners will have the opportunity for a five day visit to this centre, where they will learn more about the environment – an experience of a lifetime for many of the learners. The winner will be announced at the prize-giving scheduled for March 2017.”

Issued by: Francios Olivier on behalf of the Recycle Namibia Forum
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