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February 2013 - Collect-a-Can cleans up with the Moroka Community

February 2013 - Collect-a-Can cleans up with the Moroka Community

Over the past two weeks, Collect-a-Can has partnered with the Moroka Community in Soweto to clean-up the environment and collected a whopping 1.5 tons of empty cans during this time! That is the equivalent of a small hatchback car.

Through Collect-a-Can’s CAN Collection Drive, the community of Moroka are embracing recycling as a part of their daily life. Collections took place at the Inkanyezi Sports & Recreation Centre and Park in North Moroka in Soweto from 04 to 22 February 2013.

The initiative forms part of a broader campaign taking place throughout Soweto over the following months, where Collect-a-Can buys empty cans from the community at designated venues.

“We collect all types of empty cans including beverage, aerosol, food, oil and paint cans. The rate paid varies according to the fluctuating metal prices and depends on the quality of the used metal cans, whether beverage and food cans are mixed or sorted separately and whether they are baled or not,” says Zimasa Velaphi, Public Relations and Marketing Manager of Collect-a-Can.

“The response has been overwhelming. We are thankful to everyone who has committed their time and dedicated themselves to a cleaner environment by partaking in the recycling and clean-up initiative,” says Velaphi. “Over the first ten days Collect-a-Can, through the help of the Moroka community, managed to collect 1.5 tons of cans!”

The next phase of the drive is taking place at the Community Centre in Dlamini, Soweto from 25 February to 01 March 2013 and at the Powerpark in Orlando, Soweto from 04 -08 March 2013. The various locations and venues are communicated on Jozi FM on the morning and afternoon drive shows daily. This information is also available on the Collect-a-Can Facebook page or on Twitter.

“We would like to encourage all South Africans to get involved in community clean-ups and recycling in your area. There are many examples of people who have started their own operation and now have a permanent workforce with infrastructure including trucks and baling equipment. Most of these collectors recover used metal cans to supplement their household income but for many it is their only income. This drive has inspired vital entrepreneurial endeavours as many collectors acquire basic business skills and grow their own recovery and recycling businesses”, says Velaphi.

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

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