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September 2012 - Collect-a-Can cleans up at Inkanyezi Recreational Sports Center in Soweto on Recycling Day

Today was a bright day at the Inkanyezi Recreational Sports Center in Moroka North, Soweto as Collect-a-Can and CAN DO! Trekking for Trash together with council members, Jozi FM DJs, community members and volunteers headed out to clean up the streets around the park for Recycling Day. “We are delighted with the results of the clean up,” said Zimasa Velaphi, Public Relations and Marketing Manager of Collect-a-Can. “Almost a ton of waste was picked up during the course of the morning in addition to 300kgs of cans brought in by community members for recycling today.”

Jozi FM, who are very active in educating citizens about the importance of good waste management, broadcast live from the park during the day. Collen Hans, Jozi FM’s current affairs presenter who participated in the clean-up said, “It’s very important to get community buy-in to keep their environment clean. It wouldn’t help if we cleaned up here today and then everyone littered again tomorrow. Community members need to get their hands dirty and become ambassadors for a cleaner environment in their areas.”

Ward Councillor Shimane Motlhamme of Ward 34 in Region D in Moroka proved himself to be such an ambassador when he set to work cleaning up alongside the volunteers. “Educating people about the importance of recycling and not littering is key,” he said. “We’re very excited to be launching a separate-at-source home recycling service for residents in this area at the start of October. Residents will be given two bags, one for paper and one for cans, bottles and plastics, and hopefully this will help build awareness about keeping the community clean.”

Ten employees from Standard Chartered Bank volunteered their time to help with the clean up. “We’re here to support the community and to make a difference,” said volunteer Cindy Naidoo. Standard Chartered Bank gives every member of staff 3 volunteer days a year, in addition to their annual leave. Volunteers use this time to select a project of their choice and dedicate their personal time and effort to make a difference in the lives of others. Bank volunteers get involved in diverse projects such as financial literacy training, HIV / AIDS awareness, mentoring young students as well as environmentally friendly projects such as the one today.

“We’re very grateful to everyone who gave their time and energy to make this event such a success,” said Velaphi. “Community response has been great and we hope to have many more similar events in the future.”

Recycling Day is celebrated annually across South Africa to raise awareness with the general public about the importance of cleaning up litter and recycling in South Africa.

To find out more about Collect-a-Can and their activities 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).

Caption: Almost a ton of waste was picked up during Collect-a-Can’s clean up day held in aid of Recycling Day at the Inkanyezi Recreation Centre and Park in Moroka North, Soweto. Council members, Jozi FM DJs, community members and volunteers as well as social change adventurer Michael Baretta from the CAN DO! Trekking for Trash campaign joined in the action.

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