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December 2014 - Schools collect over 8.4 million cans for recycling

South Africa’s environmentally conscience schools collected over 8.4 million cans in this year’s annual Collect-a-Can National Schools Competition. The top contributors were rewarded for their hard work and eco-spirit at the regional Schools Awards that took place over the past two weeks in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg.

Schools received special prizes for collecting the most cans per month, while schools that collected the most cans throughout the year received top honours and prizes.
Big schools were awarded for collecting the most cans per school, while the second category recognises small schools that collect the most cans per learner.
First, second and third prize winners in the larger school category each collected over 2.3 million cans during this competition.

First prize winners in each of the four regions bagged themselves R 25 000. Winners in the category for larger schools include Mojala Thuto Primary School (Aeroton and Vanderbijlpark region), Bergvliet High School (Cape Town region), Lindelani Primary School (Durban region) and Itirele Primary School (Pretoria and North West). Winners in the category for smaller schools include Vukazenzele Higher Primary School (Aeroton and Vanderbijlpark region), Panda Bear Day Centre (Cape Town region), The Birches Children’s Centre (Durban region) and Mmametlhake Rollerscating Club (Pretoria and North West region).

Second and third place winners were also rewarded for their greening contribution; second prize winners in both categories (for larger and smaller schools) won themselves R 15 000 in cash, while third prize winners received R10 000 each.

“The teachers and learners worked tirelessly throughout the year to safeguard the environment and ensure a sustainable income stream for their schools,” says Zimasa Velaphi, public relations and marketing manager for Collect-a-Can. “It is wonderful to see the impact the money generated through recycling and the prize money has on the schools’ facilities and education for their learners.”

Dirk Postma Primary School, six time winner, was also honoured for their long-time participation and dedication to the competition. “As part of celebrating the competition’s 21st year, we are also celebrating schools that has been contributing to environmental conservation through education in our country,” says Velaphi.

The National Schools Competition reaches up to 250 000 children in schools throughout Gauteng, KwaZulu Natal, Western Cape and the North West Province annually and is a wonderful opportunity for schools to raise funds for themselves, while creating environmental awareness.

Collect-a-Can announced that schools can expect bigger prizes and greater incentives behind next year’s competitions. “The 2015 competitions are guaranteed to be bigger, better and even more fun! We are already planning to breathe new life into these competitions to ensure that schools are having fun while going green,” says Velaphi.
The National Schools Competition takes place annually from 01 February to 31 October every year.

To find out how to get involved in waste recovery and recycling visit Collect-a-Can’s website www.collectacan.co.za or contact the Collect-a-Can head office on 011 466 2939. Collect-a-Can is also on Facebook, Twitter.


Caption: South Africa’s environmentally conscience schools collected over 8.4 million cans in this year’s annual Collect-a-Can National Schools Competition. The top contributors were rewarded for their hard work and eco-spirit at the regional Schools Awards that took place over the past two weeks in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg. The National Schools Competition takes place annually from 01 February to 31 October every year.


Schools were honoured for collecting the most cans per month, with special prizes for schools that collected the most cans throughout the year. Big schools were awarded for collecting the most cans per school, while the second category recognises small schools that collect the most cans per learner. First prize winning schools form each region were rewarded with R 25 000 each, second prize winners each received R 15 000, while third place winners bagged themselves R 10 000 each.

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