Schools Recycling

Winnders 2018

Recycling starts at a young age… and creates results in a lifetime awareness of the importance of recycling.

So, what are you doing to make a difference?

The Schools Recycling Project, now in its 6th year, is THE highlight on the RNF’s annual calendar.

Schools in Windhoek, at the coast (Swakopmund, Walvis Bay and Henties Bay) as well as in the north are encouraged to partipate in this competition, where they are not only in line to win a cash prize for their recycling efforts, but also are rewarded for the recyclables collected.

Four bay stations are made available to schools and educational institutions, and RNF partner Rent-a-Drum services and keeps track of the recyclables collected by the respective schools.

During the 2013/14 competition, the 50 plus participating schools collected just more than 108 tons of recyclables, which consisted of 29 tons of glass, 9 tons of cans, 16.5 tons of plastic and 15 tons of paper.

In the 2014/15 competition, the schools increased the total volume collected to a commendable 183 tons – up 80 tons from the previous year.

During the 2015/16 recycling year, the winners Dagbreek School for the Intellectually Impaired broke all previous records when they collected 179kg per learner. In total, the Schools Recycling competition has seen more than 750 tons of recyclables diverted from our landfills.

In 2016/17 competition, Dagbreek School continued its winning streak, setting a new record of 222 kg per learner collected. This School further improved on this by collecting 275 kg per learner in the 2017/18 competition, again emerging the well deserved winner.

Schools are encouraged to take part in the competition because it supports two important factors of our country, education and our beautiful environment.

Schools operating specifically within the municipal areas of Windhoek, Swakopmund, Walvis Bay are called on to become involved in recycling. Application forms are available under “Downloads”, or contact the RNF office, tel: (061) 238 919, or via email


The competition started in 2009 with 10 participating schools – and a mere 15kg per learner collected. The competition grew and now sees around 50 schools participating annually:

2014 30 kg per learner – and a total of 114 tons for the year
2015 98 kg per learner and a total of 153 tons
2016 179 per learner and a total of 90 tons
2017 222 kg per learner total of 128 tons
2018 275 kg per learner with a total of 133 tons

During the past two years, a new category was added to encourage schools to find innovative ways to improve their volumes – which was won by Hage Geingob High School in 2017, and Dagbreek School in 2018. The prize, a weekend for 40 learners at B2Gold’s Environment Education Centre proved most valuable and informative – and gave our learners an excellent opportunity to learn more about the environment.
As in the past, NBL sponsored the first prize of N$10 000, with Collect-A-Can sponsoring the second prize of N$5 000, and Plastic Packaging sponsoring 3rd prize to the value of N$2 500. Rent-A-Drum sponsored N$1 500 and N$1 000 to the schools in 4th and 5 th places.