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May 2014: Think outside the can challenge

14 May 2014

Creativity could turn unsightly and unhealthy litter into an opportunity for schools to win their share of R60 000 in the annual Collect-a-Can CAN Craze Competition, while also encouraging learners to be more eco-conscious.

Learners are challenged to build the most creative structures from 300 or more used cans in the Collect-a-Can CAN Craze Competition that is officially kicking off on 01 June 2014. The structures can take any form -the wilder the learners’ imaginations, the better!

The competition teaches learners that what may seem like trash, can be a valuable resource that can be re-used in their artwork and then recycled, which protects the environment by prolonging the lifespan of the raw materials and preserving natural resources as well as energy.

The cans used in these structures need to be collected by the participants; after which they will be recovered by Collect-a-Can and processed for recycling. This process encourages learners to be more eco-conscious and demonstrates the environmental and monetary benefits of collecting and recycling cans.

“We are encouraging learners to think outside the can and to realise that there is more to used cans than trash; cans represent opportunity,” says Zimasa Velaphi, Public Relations and Marketing Manager of Collect-a-Can.

Photographs of the structures need to be submitted to Collect-a-Can along with a completed entry form which is available at Collect-a-Can branches or from their website

The most inspired constructions are chosen by a panel of judges. The winning structure will receive R30 000, the second place winner will receive R20 000 and the third place winner will receive R10 000.

Schools must not miss out on this CANtastic opportunity for learners’ imaginations to run wild and protect our beautiful country.

To find out more about the Collect-a-Can CAN Craze Competition, visit Collect-a-Can’s website or contact the Collect-a-Can head office on 011 466 2939. Collect-a-Can is also on Facebook/collectacan and Twitter @collectacan.

Clockwise from left: The CAN Craze winners in 2013 - Elkanah House in the Western Cape won first prize in the Collect-a-Can CAN Craze Competition in 2013 with their fun-looking “can girl” sculpture. Mmamatli Primary School in Mpumalanga scooped up second prize with their big-5 inspired sculpture of the rhino. Finally, Lucas Plaatjies and Donald Thubi of North West Province was awarded for their magnificent eco-friendly car structure that took third prize. This year, learners must again create characters or structures using used beverage or food cans in the most creative ways. Individuals or teams, building the three most creative structures, will each receive their share of R60 000. The CAN Craze Competition opens on 01 June 2014 until 30 September 2014. For more information about the competition contact the Collect-a-Can head office on 011 466 2939 or visit the website on

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