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April 2011 - Collect-a-Can meets learners on their own turf

Collect-a-Can meets learners on their own turf
08 April 2011


Collect-a-Can representatives have been spotted at school sports and cultural events across the country recently where they are spreading the word to learners about the exciting Schools Competition that Collect-a-Can is running whilst educating them on the recyclability of cans. This has been made possible through collaboration with the Department of Education and the Department of Economic Planning, Environment and Conservation in certain provinces where Collect-a-Can have been given the opportunity to attend school events at District, Provincial and National level. Currently the Collect-a-Can Schools Competition is run in Gauteng, Western Cape, KwaZulu Natal and the Northwest Province and the main annual sponsors are Nampak, Coca-Cola, ABI and SA Breweries. ArcelorMittal have come on board this year to sponsor Collect-a-Can’s awareness campaign to the schools.

“The purpose of this awareness campaign is to re-activate interest in Collect-a-Can’s Schools Competition and to make the schools aware that the prize money for the competition has increased by R 100 000,” explains Mathabo Phomane, PR and Marketing Manager of Collect-a-Can. “Additionally, Collect-a-Can aim to educate children from a young age on responsible waste disposal and separation at source, in preparation for municipal separation at source programs. The New Waste Management Act of 2009 places emphasis on the responsible collection and recycling of all metal packaging including aerosol cans. Collect-a-Can would like to educate the youth that all other cans are recyclable including aerosol, food and other cans. Traditionally schools have been encouraged to collect only beverage cans for the Collect-a-Can Schools Competition. Collect-a-Can aim to further educate the youth on the recyclability of all used metal can packaging and to introduce all the organizations that are part of the can packaging value chain from manufactures, to fillers and distributors of all cans,” Phomane continues.

Collect-a-Can has been overwhelmed by the level of enthusiasm received from the schools and looks forward to attending many more school events during the course of the year.

If you would like Collect-a-Can to be present to your school event or for more information regarding Collect-a-Can and the Schools Competition visit www.collectacan.co.za or contact the Collect-a-Can head office on 011 466 2939. Collect-a-Can is also on Facebook and Twitter.

Caption: Pictured here a breathless young athlete receives gifts from Collect-a-Can after completing his race at a schools athletics event in Potchefstroom on Saturday 12 March 2011.

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