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June 2011 - Collect-a-Can Branch Manager Vincent Zwane striving towards a 0% waste to landfill solution for our landfills

Vincent Zwane, Branch Manager of Collect-a-Can in the KwaZulu Natal (KZN) region is making every can count. An environmentalist at heart, Zwane started out as a clerk at Collect-a-Can in 1999 and moved up the ranks to eventually become the Branch Manager. Zwane has contributed to generating less waste by minimising waste that enters the landfill sites thus helping to save valuable space. This is evident in his contribution to the beverage can recovery rate that has increased from 67.5% in 2007 to 70% in 2010. “Prioritising recycling and investing in waste reduction can go a long way to solving the waste crisis.” Zwane says.

Zwane attributes Collect-a-Can’s success to the partnerships that they have fostered especially within the metal recycling community and with small recycling organisations. While these companies are operating on a commercial basis, it is important for them to be made aware of how they are contributing to the elimination of litter by collecting and buying used cans. Collect-a-Can is proud of the knowledge and best practices that they share with their partners, providing them with advice and supporting them in developing a viable infrastructure. Zwane is a member of the KZN Recycling Forum. Collaboration with Mondi is currently underway to introduce the collection of cans through orange bags.

Another key driver for this success is greater awareness that has been created pertaining to the importance of recycling. This is an ongoing challenge for Collect-a-Can and interactive communication with their stakeholders plays a pivotal role. Collect-a-Can has mobilized schools through initiatives such as the various Schools Competitions that are run throughout the year.

“When it comes to recycling one should be pursued by passion; I don’t think people understand that it’s not about the money but love for the environment and the value this brings to fighting environmental challenges,” said Zwane. “You need to appreciate the environment and understand the value of ‘closing the loop’ to make a difference.”

“We can choose to make recycling fun. We can start to view recycling as an exciting challenge facing our various communities,” he surmises.

For more information visit www.collectacan.co.za or contact the Collect-a-Can Durban branch on 031 700 5935. Collect-a-Can is also on Facebook and Twitter.

Caption: Vincent Zwane, Branch Manager of Collect-a-Can in the KwaZulu Natal region stands in front of bales of beverage cans that have been recovered by Collect-a-Can and will be processed for recycling.

 

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