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February 2016 - Schools competition to make a longer lasting impact on the environment

South Africa’s renowned eco-conscious schools competition, hosted annually by Collect-a-Can, has kicked off on a GREEN note this year. The can recovery and recycling organisation announced that it has changed the rules of the National Schools Competition to encourage schools to make a longer lasting and positive impact on our beautiful environment.

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January 2016 - Collect-a-Can Cape Town operations continue as normal

Southern Africa’s can recovery and recycling organisation, Collect-a-Can, announced today that can recovery operations in Cape Town will continue as normal despite the decision to streamline its national strategy and restructure its local operation.

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December 2015 - CANtastic DIY projects to keep youngsters occupied this festive season

The festive season is upon us. Have fun with cans this holiday.  Collect-a-Can shares some exciting, green and CANtastic do-it-yourself (DIY) projects to keep the little ones occupied this festive season.

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November 2015 - Green schools enjoy fun day at awards ceremony

Spirits were high as Collect-a-Can treated the regional winners of the National Schools Competition with fun-filled awards ceremonies that took place in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg over the past two weeks.

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November 2015 - Green schools enjoy fun day at awards ceremony

Spirits were high as Collect-a-Can treated the Durban regional winners of the National Schools Competition with a fun-filled awards ceremony that took place last week at the Premier Hotel in Pinetown.

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November 2015 - Green schools enjoy fun day with African-themed awards ceremony

Spirits were high as Collect-a-Can treated the winners of the Gauteng National Schools Competition representatives with a fun-filled African-themed awards ceremony earlier this week at Sunset Boma in Midrand.

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November 2015 - Young eco-warriors’ fun day with pirate-themed awards ceremony

Spirits were high as Collect-a-Can treated the Cape Town region National Schools Competition winners with a fun-filled pirate-themed awards ceremony. The event took place on Friday, 20 November 2015 at the Jolly Roger Pirate Boat at V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.

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November 2015 - Success story of well-known recycling entrepreneur in Limpopo

Seshego Recycling is making great strides in the recycling industry. Born from Tinus van Niekerk’s vision of setting up a recycling hub in Polokwane, Van Niekerk has grown the business to one of the most successful recycling organisations in Limpopo.

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October 2015 -  Schools to help keep environment clean and green

Collect-a-Can encourages learners every year to tackle the ‘green-challenge’ head-on for a cleaner and more beautiful planet. These young eco-warriors are encouraged to collect as many empty cans as possible to stand a chance to be rewarded for their contribution for collecting the most cans per month or per year in their region. Over and above the prize money to be won during the year, schools are also paid per kilogram of cans collected – an easy and guaranteed initiative for schools to generate money, while making difference.

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September 2015 -  Collect-a-Book drive to bring more books to Gauteng schools

Collect-a-Can's Collect-a-Book initiative will help transport children to the most joyful place – their imaginations. Collect-a-Can is back with their Collect-a-Book drive to donate more story books to selected underprivileged Gauteng schools in celebration of National Literacy Month.

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August 2015 -  ‘Cash for Cans’ remains a flagship income-generating initiative 

The ‘Cash for Cans’ initiative remains one of Collect-a-Can’s flagship programmes. Thousands of unemployed people generate a much-needed income stream for themselves and their families from the collection of empty cans.

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July 2015 - Women salvage local economies and social wellbeing through recycling  

South Africa annually celebrates Women’s Month in August as a reminder of the great women who helped mould South Africa and the trailblazing women who continue to lead the country forward.

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July 2015 - Collect-a-Book drive to foster a reading revolution

Collect-a-Can and partners joined hands this Mandela Month and collected about 3000 books to help foster a reading revolution amongst five underprivileged schools thanks to their Collect-a-Book drive. Selected primary schools ended off their first week of the third term on a high note as they received book donations and enjoyed a fun-filled and interactive reading day on either Thursday, 23 July 2015 or Friday, 24 July 2015.

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July 2015 - Schools to benefit from Collect-a-Book drive announced

This Mandela Month Collect-a-Can and partners, ReaderLympics, Biblionef and Pan Macmillan, are reaching out to underprivileged primary schools with an exciting Collect-a-Book drive. The aim is to encourage learners to read more by providing them with books as well as the opportunity to listen to inspiring storytellers, while teaching them that reading can be fun! In return for the books, schools are encouraged to collect cans for recycling. Selected primary schools from Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Vanderbijlpark will be visited and receive book donations on Friday, 24 July 2015.

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July 2015 - And the Environment Award winner is… Collect-a-Can!

Hard work payed off as Collect-a-Can, can recovery and recycling organisation, received recognition for educating schools about environmental conservation with their CANtastic schools competitions. Collect-a-Can won the Environment Award at the African EduWeek Awards ceremony that took place on Thursday, 02 July 2015 at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand. The African EduWeek Awards recognises individuals or organisations who go above and beyond their daily duties to bring about positive change in growing Africa’s education.

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June 2015 - Join Collect-a-Can’s book drive this Mandela Month

Millions of  learners in South Africa do not have access to books, while eight out of ten schools do not have libraries, according to the Department of Basic Education. With these challenges in mind, Collect-a-Can in partnership with the Department of Basic Education, will be running a fun-filled Collect-a-Book drive across South Africa in celebration of Mandela Month, taking place this July. The aim of the book drive is to bring reading books to schools, ultimately improving South Africa’s literacy rate.

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June 2015 - Eco-conscious schools could win their share of R788 800

Collect-a-Can urges all schools to take their eco-conscious spirit to the next level and enter the popular National Schools Competition that runs annually from 01 February to 31 October. Schools that have already entered are hard at work in collecting as many used cans as possible to stand a chance to win their share of R788 800.

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May 2015 - Can you transform cans into creative and CANtastic artwork?

The think ‘outside the can’ challenge kicks off on Monday, 01 June 2015.

The popular annual CAN Craze Competition encourages learners across South Africa to create the craziest and most imaginative artworks from 300 or more used cans to stand a chance to win their share of R60 000.

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April 2015 - Collect-a-Can empowers women in recycling

Jacqueline Talbot, the first female branch manager appointed at Collect-a-Can in eight years, is to bring a female touch to the can recycling industry, to assist in growing the can recovery rate of 72% in South Africa. Talbot took up the reigns of Durban Collect-a-Can branch Manager at the end of 2014.

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April 2015 - From small waste collector to successful business owner  

Small efforts to recycle boxes and paper in 1997 has transformed Bisant Matsi’s life. He has gone from waste collector to a prominent and successful recycling business owner in Burgersfort, Mpumalanga, inspiring his local community by showing them the value that exists in waste.

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March 2015 - Can you capture your creativity with cans?

The annual CAN Craze Competition is kicking off in just two months. The popular competition challenges learners to build the craziest and most creative can structures from 300 or more used cans, to stand a chance to win their share of R60 000.

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February 2015 - National School Competition kicks off

The Collect-a-Can National Schools Competition that kicked off on Sunday, 01 February 2015, teaches learners a valuable lesson in recycling and taking care of the environment, while providing schools with an exciting opportunity to raise additional funds for their school. The National Schools competition annually runs from 01 February to 31 October.

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January 2015: The Year of Sustainable Corporate Social Investment

As consumers become more purchase conscious by choosing brands ‘with a conscience’, more and more organisations are opting to invest in sustainable Corporate Social Investment (CSI) initiatives as opposed to merely writing cheques.

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December 2014 - Collect-a-Can National Schools Competition Countdown

South Africa’s environmentally conscience schools collected over 8.4 million cans in this year’s annual Collect-a-Can National Schools Competition.

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October 2014 - Collect-a-Can National Schools Competition Countdown

South Africa’s 2014 most creative and crazy can construction champions have been unveiled in Collect-a-Can’s CAN Craze Competition.

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October 2014 - Collect-a-Can National Schools Competition Countdown

There is only one week left for eco-conscience schools to win with their used beverage can collections through the annual National Schools Competition closing on Friday, 31 October 2014.

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October 2014 - Watville women saluted on International Day of Rural Women

15 October 2014 is International Day of Rural Women; a day focussing on celebrating rural women that makes a significant difference in enhancing agriculture, improving food security, eradicating poverty and developing rural communities. On this day, Collect-a-Can recognises and salutes the inspirational women from a local community recycling project that is changing the lives of the Watville community, a township south of Benoni.

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October 2014 - Accept the challenge

Organisations and individuals with a passion for our environment are invited to join the clean-up and recycle movement on Recycling Day this Friday, 19 September 2014 in Soweto, Johannesburg.

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September 2014 - Accept the challenge

Organisations and individuals with a passion for our environment are invited to join the clean-up and recycle movement on Recycling Day this Friday, 19 September 2014 in Soweto, Johannesburg.

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August 2014 - Let’s get Recycling for South Africa

This September, the metals packaging industry is hosting a Recycling for South Africa campaign with the aim of transforming Gauteng into a cleaner, healthier and happier province.

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July 2014 - Kimberley, be prepared to be refreshed - you're up next

The countdown has begun and anticipation is rising as the next free CAN DO! Refresh Tour concert is set to take place on 02 August 2014 at Galeshewe Stadium, Kimberley, Northern Cape.

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July 2014 - University of Venda, be prepared to be refreshed - you're up next

The countdown has begun and anticipation is rising as the next free CAN DO! Refresh Tour concert is set to take place on 09 August 2014 at the University of Venda, Thohoyandou, Limpopo.

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July 2014 - Surprise party for Peace ma-Africa

The leaky shack is home to the 25 Peace ma-Africa orphans and Phindile Nkwanyana, their beloved mother. "Phindile is a woman with a very big heart and the children, although abandoned and despite their living conditions, are full of love and joy because of her", says Zimasa Velaphi, public relations and marketing manager for Collect-a-Can.

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July 2014: Jouberton informal can collector becomes a successful recycling business owner

Grabbing the recycling-for-cash opportunity with both hands has transformed Thys Wanyane’s life. He’s gone from running an informal recycling operation to owning a successful business, Wanyane Trading Enterprise in Klerksdorp.

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June 2014: Aluminium cans transform recycling

The can recycling industry has been on the verge of greatness, ever since the South African beverage packaging industry initiated the conversion from tin-plated steel to aluminium cans in 2013.

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June 2014: South Africans are jumping at the chance to recycle new can packaging

An increase in recycled aluminium cans is expected after South Africa’s beverage packaging industry started the conversion from steel to aluminium cans in 2013.

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May 2014: Can-only music event refreshes the North West

Inspired by the spirit of South Africa's music talent and the freshest new sounds, The CAN DO! Refresh Tour, which brings can-only events to all nine provinces during 2014, had its fourth stop in Klerksdorp, North West this past weekend.

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May 2014: Klerksdorp, be prepared to be refreshed - you're up next

The countdown has begun and anticipation is rising as the next free CAN DO! Refresh Tour concert is set to take place on 24 May 2014 at Joubertina Stadium, Klerksdorp.

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May 2014: Think outside the can challenge

Creativity could turn unsightly and unhealthy litter into an opportunity for schools to win their share of R60 000 in the annual Collect-a-Can CAN Craze Competition, while also encouraging learners to be more eco-conscious.

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May 2014: Can-only music event refreshes the West Rand

Kagiso, Mogale City, West Rand: Thousands of people flocked to the Kagiso Stadium in, Mogale City to see Dr Malinga (top left photo),  Arthur Mafokate (top right photo), Chomee, Candy, Busiswa, DJ AJ and others  smash out some vibey tunes at the CAN DO! Refresh Day on Saturday, 26 April 2014. This event formed part of the fifth annual Mogale City Beer Festival, which took place from 25 to 27 April 2014.

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Primary School students learn to love books this Library Week

Used can recovery company, Collect-a-Can, partnered with Blomvlei Primary School in Hanover Park to host a four-day event from 17 – 20 March 2014 in celebration of the annual South African Library Week. Each day three schools with 20 Grade Four pupils each where transported to Blomvlei Primary School’s library where the importance of reading was explained. These schools were also encouraged to bring along used cans to contribute to Blomvlei Primary School’s recycling project.

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March 2014 - Primary School students learn to love books this Library Week

“Reading helps people to tap into their imagination and bring to life things they never would have imagined before,” Mlungisi Kruger, a Grade Four learner at Tshepisong Primary School.

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"R2000 for a two litre bottle full of pull-rings" – too good to be true?

Many people across the country have collected enough pull-rings from beverage cans to fill a two litre bottle and think they will be receiving R2,000 or more for it. They have usually heard about it from a friend of a friend who knows someone who got paid. But where do you go to sell the pull-rings and who buys them for R2,000?

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March 2014 - Libraries open doors and promote human rights

“The more that you read, the more things you’ll know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ― Dr Seuss

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December 2013 - Durban schools excel in safeguarding our environment

The cream of the crop in the Collect-a-Can National Schools competition was awarded their share of R100,000 in cash prizes during the Durban Schools Awards Function on Friday, 15 November 2013 at The Green Hub in North Precinct at Durban Beachfront.

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November 2013 - Creative CAN Craze Construction Winners Revealed 

The most imaginative can constructions across the country have been identified and the annual Collect-a-Can CAN Craze Competition winners have been unveiled. The Collect-a-Can CAN Craze Competition challenged individuals and groups with artistic flair to build inventive structures from 300 or more used cans for a chance to win their share of R60 000 in prize money.

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October 2013 - International Day of Rural Women Celebration  

International Day of Rural Women recognises the critical role and contribution of rural women to their local economies, enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty. 

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September 2013 - Collect-a-Can cleans up at Nkanyezi Recreational Sports Centre in Soweto on Recycling Day

Almost a ton of waste was picked up on Friday, 20 September 2013 during the Moroka North community clean-up in Soweto, which formed part of Recycling Day.
As part of the annual Clean-up South Africa (SA) Week, Collect-a-Can and CAN DO! (Nampak Bevcan) hosted Recycling Day activities at Nkanyezi Recreational Sports Centre in Moroka North, Soweto.

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September 2013 - Capetonians unite for Recycling Day

South Africa, pull up your green socks – we are currently only recycling 10%* of the total waste we generate annually.

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August 2013 - CAN Craze Competition Concludes

There are only three weeks left for learners to enter Collect-a-Can’s popular CAN Craze Competition! A share of R60 000 is up for grabs to entries received before 30 September 2013!

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August 2013 - Quality and environmentally conscious consumers choose cans

Research carried out by German research company GfK* and concurred by Nampak Bevcan research conducted earlier in 2013, has shown conclusively that the overall perception consumers have of drinks cans has improved dramatically since 2007.

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July 2013 - New opportunities on Mandela Day

Reading is set to unlock the door of possibilities at Iphutheng Primary School in Alexandra Township, Johannesburg as learners received a new portable library, books and non-perishable food.

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July 2013 - Mandela Day celebrations: The gift of knowledge and food

Leaners from Iphutheng Primary School in Alexandra Township, Johannesburg will be skipping to a new tune this Mandela Day as they receive a new library, books and non-perishable foods.

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June 2013 - Recycling - A viable income source for the unemployed

Collect-a-Can’s Cash for Cans initiative safeguards the livelihood of thousands of unemployed South Africans.

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June 2013 - Collect-a-Can CAN DO! Tuesdays

Collect-a-Can builds community networks that create jobs, safeguard our scarce resource and build our nation together.

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May 2013 - Can you create a creative CAN Craze construction?

For all those budding creative geniuses at school, put your talent to good use in this year’s Collect-a-Can CAN Craze Competition and stand a chance of winning a share of R60 000 for you or your school!

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April 2013 - Used Motor Oil Dumping Is Killing Our Country

South Africa generates 120 million litres of used motor oil each year, so where does the used oil and its containers go and what impact could it have on the environment if it is not recycled? Used motor oil contains harmful compounds and cancer-causing agents which if left in landfills could have a detrimental impact on the environment.

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March 2013 - Let's get the South African Youth Reading

A study conducted in 2012 found that Grade 9 learners only have 43% reading competency, which has a devastating effect on South Africa’s education and eventually further deteriorates the already distressing unemployment rate.

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March 2013 - Collect-a-Can is turning 20!

Southern Africa’s metal can and packaging recovery company, Collect-a-Can has been minimising the negative impact of used metal cans on the environment and creating awareness about the importance of recycling and litter reduction for the past 20 years.

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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.

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February 2013 - CAN DO! Trekking for Trash in the Big Issue

Click here to view an articled that was recently published in the Big Issue about CAN DO! Trekking for Trash.

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February 2013 - Halfway point for Social Change Adventure Duo Trek

The new year marks a milestone in the CAN DO! Trekking for Trash social change adventurers lives as they reach the halfway mark in a gruelling seven month, 3000km trek across South Africa’s shoreline. Camilla Howard and Michael Baretta set off on their quest to clean up our beautiful beaches from Alexander Bay on the border of Namibia in October 2012 and have just reached Brenton-on-Sea, the halfway point.

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December 2012 - CAN DO! Trekking for Trash - Pledge your support this Festive Season

The CAN DO! Trekking for Trash duo, Michael Baretta and Camilla Howard have just passed the 1000km milestone mark on their 3000km walk, and have collected just over 1.5 tons of litter! We can’t all be social change adventurers but we CAN all take that first step towards a green and sustainable future.

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December 2012 - Mthethomusha Senior Primary Wins In Collect-a-Can’s National Schools Competition

Eager learners from Mthethomusha Senior Primary school in Pietermartizburg, KwaZulu Natal have excelled in helping to clean South Africa and have won R25 000 in Collect-a-Can’s annual national schools competition for their hard work. Through their tireless commitment, the learners collected 187 520 cans during the course of the year!

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December 2012 - Recycle your festive waste – bring your cans to Collect-a-Can

Imagine this; if every one of the 51.8 million people living in South Africa today* drank just two beverages out of a can this festive season we would be left with a mountain of 103.6 million discarded cans by New Year. Laid end to end these cans could cover a distance of around 11396km’s**, which is roughly equivalent to the distance between Johannesburg and Sydney, Australia.

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November 2012 - Collect-a-Can unveils 2012 winners of their popular CAN Craze Competition

Collect-a-Can’s popular CAN Craze Competition drew to a close at the end of September 2012 and once again the judges were hard pressed to choose winners amongst the wealth of creative entries that were received.

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September 2012 - Collect-a-Can cleans up with Moroka Community

Ward Councillor Shimane Motlhamme of Ward 34 in Region D, Moroka indicated, “We are proud to be setting the example in Moroka today; we are working towards Joburg being a world-class African city; we will not be able to achieve this vision if we don’t look after all the pockets of places in our Province. The community plays a very important role when it comes to achieving this goal, and it is very important that the community take ownership of their environment. We are glad to be working as a Department with Collect-a-Can; we are taking responsibility together, and we hope that through this the community commits to a cleaner environment; not only today but going forward as well.”

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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.

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September 2012 - Collect-a-Can recycling depot in Pretoria reopens

Silverton, Pretoria - Collect-a-Can’s recycling depot in Pretoria is set to officially reopen in September this year after it was closed for 15 months. The new facility has been built to the highest industry standards with safety and sustainability at the top of the priority list.

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August 2012 - Join Collect-a-Can for Clean-Up SA Week and Recycling Day

Collect-a-Can will be celebrating Clean-up South Africa (SA) Week and Recycling Day from 10-14 September 2012 at Nkanyezi Recreational Sports Center in Moroka North, Soweto. Members of the media as well as the general public are invited to join the proceedings.

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August 2012 - The great Trek for Trash is about to begin

JOHANNESBURG, 06 September 2012: Nampak Bevcan, Nampak DivFood and Collect-a-Can’s title sponsorship initiative ‘CAN DO! Trekking for Trash’ will start at the beginning of October 2012. Social change adventurers Michael Baretta and Camilla Howard are counting down the days to the start of their 3000km expedition and are currently in full training.

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August 2012 - Collect-a-Can supports Trekking for Trash initiative

JOHANNESBURG, August 2012 – Nampak Bevcan, Nampak DivFood and Collect-a-Can are pleased to announce their joint title sponsorship of the ‘Trekking for Trash’ initiative under the CANdo umbrella which kicks off in October 2012.

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August 2012 - New Collect-a-Can competition rewards tertiary students for creativity

Collect-a-Can is excited to announce the launch of a new competition that will give tertiary students an opportunity to win great prizes (click here to view the poster).

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August 2012 - Collect-a-Can profiles Women in Recycling

Every year, in acknowledgment of National Women’s Day on 09 August, Collect-a-Can seizes the opportunity to recognise and applaud a few of the many inspirational women that they have had the privilege to encounter during the course of their business.

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July 2012 - Cash in this holiday: Enter the CAN Craze competition

Hey kids! The long awaited June holidays have arrived and I’m sure you can’t wait to take a break from your school work and just chill! But do you know that if you dedicated some of your chill time to getting creative with used cans you could win a share of R50,000 cash?

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June 2012 - New Regional Manager brings inspiration to Collect-a-Can’s Aeroton Branch

Collect-a-Can’s Aeroton branch has been in operation for 16 years now; recovering used cans from collectors, schools and the general public and processing them for recycling. In March of this year the branch proudly welcomed Henry Selepe as the new Regional Manager. Although the branch has been performing consistently well, Selepe brings with him a fresh energy and a wealth of new ideas on how Collect-a-Can can change the lives of more people by getting them involved in waste management and environmental awareness.

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June 2012 - Collect-a-Can CAN Craze 2012

Who would have thought that a pile of trash could win you a share of R50,000 cash? But this is exactly what Collect-a-Can’s 2012 CAN Craze competition is making possible. Starting nationally on 01 June 2012, the competition encourages schools or learners to build a structure out of 300 or more used cans, in the most creative way possible, and the winning entrants are awarded cash prizes. Entries will close on 30 September 2012.

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June 2012 - Collect-a-Can supports World Environment Day 2012

World Environment Day (WED) is a day that stimulates awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and public action. It takes place annually on the 5th of June and is hosted every year by a different city with a different theme. This year World Environment Day will be hosted by Brazil with the theme “Green Economy: Does it include you?” Collect-a-Can is passionate about causes that create green-awareness and fully supports World Environment Day.

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Collect-a-Can brings books and excitement to Soweto’s youth

There was lots of fun to be had during the Library Week event hosted by Collect-a-Can in conjunction with Jozi FM at Dlamini Hall in Soweto this past weekend. The event, which was broadcast live on Jozi FM, attracted many local children who got to showcase their singing talents on live radio as well as participate in competitions, listen to a compelling story told by the Jozi FM story-teller and burn off some energy on a jumping castle.

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Waste management workshop to encourage recycling in tiny Eastern Cape town

The Recycling Action Group (RAG) hosted a waste management workshop for the Nkonkobe Municipality in the town of Alice near East London in the Eastern Cape on 07 February 2012. The training, which was facilitated by PETCO and the Eastern Cape Department of Economic Development Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEDEA), was directed at waste collectors as well as councillors and officials from the Municipality and the Department to provide information on the different types of materials that are recyclable and the methodology involved in recycling them.

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Collect-a-Can shakes up schools competitions in 2012

For almost two decades Collect-a-Can have been committed to rewarding schools for the eco friendly efforts they make collecting used cans for recycling. Their National Schools Competition offers cash prizes to the schools that collect the most cans per month with additional prizes for schools that collect the most cans throughout the year.

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Be CAN-conscious this festive season

Cans form a big part of our lives. Most South Africa households will use a number of products packaged in cans this Festive Season such as kids coldrinks, men’s beers around the braai, tomato and onion mix for the pap and sauce, tinned peaches for the pudding, ideal milk to pour on top of that pudding, shoe polish to shine up shoes for church, deodorant, hair spray as well as pet food and coffee to mention just a few.  It’s the season to be jolly, to relax and have fun, but it’s also a season that generates a lot of waste.

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KwaZulu Natal schools win cash prizes for their outstanding can collection efforts

Collect-a-Can paid homage to schools that made a significant contribution to the collection of cans during 2011 at their Annual Schools Awards function for KwaZulu Natal (KZN) province recently. The event, which was held at the Royal Hotel in downtown Durban, saw Collect-a-Can handing out a wealth of prizes to representatives from the winning schools in this region.

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Collect-a-Can makes it into the Guinness World RecordsTM book again

Collect-a-Can is delighted to announce that they will once again be featured in the Guinness World RecordsTM Book after breaking the record for “collecting the most steel cans in a single month” in October 2011. This will be the fourth time that the organisation has broken this record since they first set it in 2007. This year they have exceeded themselves by recovering a staggering 4 586 656 cans in the month of October, nearly double last year’s collection figure of 2 656 286 cans.

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Gauteng, North West and Limpopo schools win cash prizes for their outstanding can collection efforts

Collect-a-Can paid homage to schools that made a significant contribution to the collection of cans during 2011 at their Annual Schools Awards function for the Gauteng, North West and Limpopo provinces recently. The event, which was held along the leafy banks of the Hennops River, saw Collect-a-Can handing out a wealth of prizes to representatives from the winning schools in these three regions.

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Cape Town schools win cash prizes for their outstanding can collection efforts

Schools in the Western Cape were again rewarded for their tremendous recycling efforts at Collect-a-Can’s annual year end awards function held on Friday, 18 November 2011, in Mouille Point.

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Creative winners announced in Collect-a-Can’s CAN Craze Competition

South Africa’s diverse cultural and natural history is showcased in the winning entries of Collect-a-Can’s 2011 CAN Craze competition which drew to a close at the end of September 2011.

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Canvironment Week

Nampak Bevcan, DivFood and Collect-a-Can have joined forces under the Nampak banner to become the first official global African partners of Canvironment Week - A unique worldwide initiative, that aims not just to educate but takes action as far as can recycling is concerned.

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Schools can still earn cash from cans before year-end

Schools have been rallying to make bumper collections for Collect-a-Can’s Schools Competitions in the last few months of this year. Schools compete to see who can collect the most cans each month, as well as for the entire year, putting them in line to win great cash prizes.

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Collect-a-Can recognises outstanding Entrepreneur

South Africa’s unemployment rate is uncomfortably high and with thousands of people sitting at home without some means to earn an income, the need for entrepreneurial development has never been more prevalent.

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Consider buying beverages in cans this Recycling Day

In South Africa we are privileged to boast an extremely high national recovery rate of 70% when it comes to recycling cans.  This year, ‘Recycling Day’ is on 16 September and Collect-a-Can is appealing to all South Africans to consider purchasing any beverages they may wish to buy on that day, in cans, as opposed to other containers. 

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Creative ideas shared around recycling

Teachers and learners had a lot of fun at the recent Collect-a-Can CAN Craze building workshop hosted in conjunction with Durban Solid Waste (DSW). Tips and tricks of building structures out of used beverage cans were shared during the morning.

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Collect-a-Can interact with the youth in Gauteng

Collect-a-Can took the opportunity to teach learners about the importance of recycling and how they can get involved with Collect-a-Can whilst attending a Gauteng district debate event held at the Bosco Youth Centre in Walkerville recently. The event saw 30 schools from 15 districts across Gauteng participating in a debate around the theme of Road Safety. Collect-a-Can was invited to attend the event by the Gauteng Department of Education

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Learners inspired to collect thousands of cans for others

Primrose Park Primary in Manenberg were recently the recipients of around 11,000 empty beverage cans which they can now add to the tally of their own can recycling efforts in Collect-a-Can’s annual schools’ competition.

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Earning Cash from Cans

Anyone can earn some extra cash for themselves by collecting used cans for Collect-a-Can. Not only will this benefit your pocket but you’ll be benefitting the environment too as most metal cans are 100% recyclable. Collect-a-Can is in the business of recovering used cans and processing them for recycling.

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Developing Entrepreneurs through can reclamation

From working as a paramedic and fireman to developing entrepreneurs, Thys Oosthuizen has always had a passion for helping people. Branch Manager of Collect-a-Can’s Aeroton depot, Oosthuizen’s passion shines through clearly in his efforts to provide support and mentorship to budding entrepreneurs who are striving to develop businesses in the can recovery industry by working with Collect-a-Can.

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Collect-a-Can applaud inspirational women on Women’s Day 2011

On the occasion of Women’s Day this year, 9 August 2011, Collect-a-Can pays tribute to the women who make a difference to their own lives and the lives of others through the inspirational work they are doing with Collect-a-Can. Many recycling initiatives are driven by women, particularly at schools, and it is here that the true strength and tenacity of women is highlighted as they show great creativity and fortitude in finding ways to support the work that they do to support both their schools and their communities.

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South Africa’s young talent is showcased in Collect-a-Can’s Artistic Expression Competition

South Africans can be proud of the artistic talent displayed by their youth today. This talent was apparent when it came to judging Collect-a-Can’s 2011 Artistic Expression Competition, a competition that encouraged primary and high school learners to use their creative skills to interpret the theme “I CAN make a difference to the future by recycling cans today” through either a drawing, painting, sculpture, creative writing or any other creative means.

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Collect-a-Can Manager with a mission: Rodrick Resandt the Radiant Recycler

Rodrick Resandt, Regional Manager of Collect-a-Can in the Western Cape, is a man with a mission when it comes to the collection of cans.

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Investigations still underway into the cause of Pretoria building explosion

Investigations are still underway to determine what caused the explosion at Collect-a-Can’s premises on 17 June 2011.

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Urgent Media Alert: Collect-a-Can Pretoria Branch

Pretoria - Collect-a-Can confirms that there has been an explosion at their Pretoria Branch earlier this morning.

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Imaginations set to run wild with Collect-a-Can’s CAN Craze Competition starting in June

With prizes totalling R50 000 this year, Collect-a-Can’s CAN Craze competition is bound to have schools motivated and learners’ and teachers’ imaginations running wild to come up with the most creative concept for building a structure out of cans. Schools that build the most innovative structures stand a chance of getting their hands on a share of the cash prizes that are up for grabs. The 2011 CAN Craze Competition opened on 01 June 2011 to all schools nationally and will run until 30 September 2011.

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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.

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Collect-a-Can meets learners on their own turf

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.

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One man's waste another school's prosperity

Pietermaritzburg: Mthethomusha Senior Primary bares proof that it is possible to prosper by taking part in recycling initiatives such as Collect-a-Can’s annual schools competition.  Located in a tiny rural KwaZulu Natal (KZN) town of Plessieslaer, Southeast of Pietermaritzburg, Mthethomusha Senior Primary has done remarkable work to boost and improve their schools funds by participating in Collect-a-Can’s recycling initiatives. From the money received through their recycling efforts they have ensured a bright future for tomorrow’s leaders.

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Celebrate Earth Hour on 26 March 2011

If you love your planet then show it by turning out your lights for Earth Hour - in fact go one step further this year and pledge to do something more for the planet Beyond the Hour.  This is the message being spread by Earth Hour.

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New Regional Manager brings inspiration to
Collect-a-Can’s Aeroton Branch

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