Covid-19: 10 Ways to Protect Yourself from Infection

BY Vicky Porter

What is a Coronavirus?


Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). The current strain of Coronavirus infections is known as Covid-19.

How is the Coronavirus spread?

The new Coronavirus is a respiratory virus which spreads primarily through droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose. To protect yourself, clean your hands frequently with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or wash them thoroughly with soap and water.
What are the signs and symptoms of Covid-19?

Most common symptoms:
·       fever
·       dry cough
·       tiredness
Less common symptoms:
·       aches and pains
·       sore throat
·       diarrhoea
·       conjunctivitis (eye infection)
·       headache
·       loss of taste or smell
·       a skin rash  or discolouration of fingers or toes
Serious symptoms:
·       difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
·       chest pain or pressure
·       loss of speech or movement
Seek immediate medical attention if you have serious symptoms. Always call before visiting your doctor or health facility.  People with mild symptoms who are otherwise healthy should manage their symptoms at home.  On average it takes 5–6 days from when someone is infected with the virus for symptoms to show, however, it can take up to 14 days.
10 Ways to safeguard yourself from infection:

1.     Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly
2.     Wear a facemask and avoid touching your face, eyes and mouth
3.     Put on gloves if necessary
4.     Do not touch mucus with your fingers
5.     Avoid shaking hands and hugging people
6.     Press elevator buttons with your knuckle
7.     Avoid busy places and events
8.     Keep social distancing with a minimum of 1,5m and avoid contact with infected people
9.     Sneeze and cough into tissues or inside the crook of your elbow
10. Dispose of used tissues safely and quickly

 May 28, 2020
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Waste Management For Families At Home

BY Vicky Porter

Families are facing many challenges as a result of the Covid19 pandemic.  Responsible waste management may not be a top priority in these times, but families who lack sufficient storage space may need to consider alternative solutions to the general waste disposal services.   
Recycling has been a feasible solution to reduce general waste, but some recycling collection services have not been servicing the general public since lockdown was implemented.  This would have increased waste sent to landfills, putting more pressure on the infrastructure overall.
Environmentalists and avid recyclers may be storing their recyclables, but in uncertain times the following are simple ways for families to reduce their waste whilst gaining new skills and spending quality time together. 
Apart from having an alternative resource for food scraps and other waste, a compost heap is a fascinating learning experience as the science behind it mimics the earth's natural recycling process.  All you need to start is space, soil, and food scraps.  The below article takes an in-depth look at the processes involved in composting at home:
Conscious Consumption 
Conscious consumers are aware of the impact that their purchasing decisions have on the environment.  In the current scenario, our homes have become 'the environment', and we are immediately impacted by our choices.  The less packaging we buy, the less waste we generate.  
Replanting Food Scraps 
Imagine having access to fresh produce without having to leave your home?  Cooking food that you have grown yourself is immensely satisfying, and it will help reduce your grocery expenses as fresh produce is often expensive.  Lettuce, celery, potatoes, lemongrass, and pineapple are all examples of fresh produce which can be replanted using food scraps.  The following blog has plenty of tips on how to grow your food.
Homeschooling with waste 
Parents are finding themselves somewhere between a rock and a hard place, trying to homeschool their bundles of joy... The lack of access to stationery and toys only but adds to the challenge.  This is the time to think outside the box (by not throwing it away).   
The opportunities are endless, all we need is a change of mindset.  Before throwing anything away, look at it and ask; 'how could I use this to teach my child?'.  Need a board game? Design your own using a cereal box and bottle tops!
Motor skills, counting, colour play - these activities can all be enhanced by using your discarded packaging.  Often we find that expensive toys don't make the cut when little Jimmy plays with joghurt cups instead! 


Click here for free printable recycling games at home!

General Waste Guidelines 
Thankfully South Africa's general waste collection services have continued to ensure that the majority of household waste is safely discarded.  To express gratitude and respect for these frontline workers, the following guidelines should be adhered to: 
Refuse collection starts at 6 am, ensure that waste bags are placed outside by this time.  Refuse collection trucks do change routes due to various circumstances and if bags are not out, collections can be missed.
Wrap sharp objects up before placing them in the bin.  Refuse collection is labour intensive and workers risk injury when sharp objects are exposed. 
Building rubble should never be placed out for refuse collection as these items can damage the mechanisms of the refuse trucks. 
We are faced with an uncertain future, and change is afoot.  Together we can improve our environmental impact by adopting new habits and changing our mindset. 

 April 26, 2020
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Where Can I Drop My Recycling?

BY Vicky Porter


Recycling Drop Off Points:

Walmer Methodist Church
Kragga Kamma Recycling and Garden Waste Drop Off Site
Quest Special School
Walmer Airport Valley Recycling Station
Noma India Recycling Station


The above drops off points operate independently and provide these recycling facilities as an act of kindness.


Contact the above drop off points directly to gain access, as not all accessible to the general public (especially schools).


Access times differ, please contact the above drop off points directly for more information
To access more information about what products are accepted, please click the below link:

For further information contact:
The Waste Trade Company
041 486 2204 / 2110

 February 05, 2020
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12 Environmental Resolutions for 2020

BY Vicky Porter

Spirits are high and everyone is ready to start 2020 on a clean slate.  Some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions include healthier habits, spending more time with family, weight loss, career advancements and many more.  Often unrealistic goals can be so daunting that they are forgotten by February…
Perhaps it is time to simplify.  Making a few small lifestyle changes can be very rewarding, not only to you but to the environment.  Below we have listed a few resolutions that we hope will inspire you to start 2020 on a green note!
1.       Start A Compost Heap

Instead of throwing your food scraps away, why not start a compost heap?  That way you can nourish your own garden and reduce the amount of waste that you send to landfill.  Double win!

2.       Shop With Reusable Bags

We might not be able to rid the earth of plastic entirely, but we can make a big difference by limiting the use of it, especially single use plastic.  One example is the use of a plastic shopping bag.  There really is no need to if you remember to always carry a reusable shopping bag with you. 

3.       Harvest Rain Water

With water shedding looming, it would be wise to harvest rainwater.  Save up for a water tank, or capture it in a recycled container.  This water can be used for many activities around the home and office, and can even be treated to use as drinking water.

4.       Avoid Single Use Plastic

Single use plastics, or disposable plastics, are plastics that are only used once before they are thrown away.  Some of these items include plastic shopping bags, drinking straws, certain types of food packaging, coffee stirrers and many more.  Petroleum based plastics are not biodegradable.  Plastic degrades into micro particles of plastic that releases toxic chemicals that find their way into our soil and water supply.

5.       Don’t Buy What You Don’t Need

Consumerism is at an all-time high.  We have become accustomed to a fast paced lifestyle where goods are available on demand.  The problem with this is that the planet’s population is so high that is cannot sustain our consumption behaviour.  The more we buy, the more natural resources we use, the less we have.  Eventually we will have no resources to sustain our survival.

6.       Thrift Shop

Buy second-hand.  As a result of people buying too much of what they don’t need, the supply of second hand goods have increased.  Most towns have second hand shops, and often one can find quality goods for a steal of the original value. 

7.       Support Local

Whenever you buy a product, consider where it came from, and what natural resources were used to get it into your hands.  Read the packaging and research the retailers that you support.  Every time you buy something that hasn’t been produced locally, it means that the environment is carrying the cost.  Supporting local also stimulates the local economy, everybody wins!

8.       Use A Travel Mug

We get it.  Coffee is important (and we recognise the tea lovers too!).  That being said, it isn’t important that you drink your beverage from a single use takeaway cup.  Invest in a travel mug that you can keep with you wherever you go. 

9.       Get Your Hands Dirty

You don’t have to be an avid gardener.  South Africa has plenty indigenous plants that are water wise and will grow with minimal effort and attention.  The beloved Spekboom is a prime example.  If you have been blessed with green fingers, don’t waste them!  Grow your own food (and share your food and skills with your friends and family).

10.   Carpool

One of the best ways to reduce your carbon footprint and save your hard earned money is to carpool.  Find out who lives on your route and arrange to carpool together.  Sure this means you might have to get up earlier… but it also means you have extra bucks at the end of the month!

11.   Recycle

Recycling your waste is a simple and effective way to lessen the burden on the ever increasing landfill space.  Recycling can even be a fun teambuilding activity in the home and in the office.  It is also important to research what local recycling companies accept and to make sure that your recycling is separated accordingly.

12.   Spread The Green Gospel

We live in a world where information is freely and readily available – valuable information that we can share at the click of a button.  You don’t need to be a qualified environmental engineer to teach your friends and family to go green.  You can simply share this article!

 January 01, 2020
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Project NMB Teams Up Against Waste

BY Vicky Porter

18 July 2019 - Project Nelson Mandela Bay, in partnership with Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, SPAR Eastern Cape and Sanctor Primary and High School, pledged their 67 minutes by hosting a community cleanup in Sanctor.

The Project NMB Clean City Task Team, who managed the event, set a clear objective for the community cleanup, "we believe that one should lead by example, and therefore we committed to cleaning up the east side of Calpurnia Road," Kay Hardy, Head of The Clean City Task Team shared, "we challenge the local community to finish what we started by cleaning up the other side."

In the spirit of reducing waste to landfill, a two bag system was implemented.  One bag for recycling and one bag for waste that would have to go to landfill.  "The goal is not only to clean up, but to educate people about the importance of recycling," said Laura Henderson, Clean City Task Team committee member.

Emmy Nxayeka, Clean City Task Team committee member, opened the event by sharing important recycling guidelines with the volunteers.  This was followed by the teams being split up into 5 groups, represented by the big 5.  Groups were each guided to a designated area and the group that filled the most bags received sponsored awards.

Volunteers all received a packed lunch, a cap and a go green bracelet to remind them of their environmental responsibility.

Without support and collaboration, we would not have been able to host this event, we would like to thank Project NMB, NMBM, The Waste Trade Company, Greencycle, SJM Flex, NMB Business Chamber and SPAR Eastern Cape for their sponsorship and support," shared Melinda Labuscagne, Clean City Task Team Committee Member.

"We applaud Project Nelson Mandela Bay for thinking outside the box and approaching the cleanup with such spirit," shared Alan Stapleton, Purchasing and Events Manager, SPAR Eastern Cape.
The cleanup was attended by just over 100 people who collected a total of 312 bags.  Team Leopard snagged first place with a total of 91 bags followed by Team Buffalo who collected a total of 74 bags.  “We would like to extend our gratitude to everybody who gave of their time and resources to make this event a success.  As we loaded our last bags, a butterfly appeared where we had cleaned up – we believe this to be nature thanking us for caring!” shared Kay Hardy.

 July 18, 2019
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SPAR Kirkwood Wildsfees Preaches The Green Gospel

BY Vicky Porter

2019 Marks the fifth year that The Waste Trade Company sponsored the SPAR Kirkwood Wildsfees with event waste management services, in partnership with Tetrapak SA and SPAR Eastern Cape.  Separation bins, referred to as recycling stations, were provided across the festival grounds.  In addition to these bins, facilities were provided for grey water, used oil and food waste.

TWTC staff could be seen separating unsorted waste in the waste yard,  to prevent any recyclable material from going to the local Sunland Landfill.  “We filled five 30 cubic metre bins in total, and even though we were sorting throughout the festival, we still required staff to sort for five days afterwards,” says Rejuan van Rooyen, Depot Operations Manager for The Waste Trade Company.  “It is important for stallholders and the general public to be environmentally responsible and meet us halfway.  We process an average of 250grams of recyclable material per person – this easily equates to 2.5 tons per day,” he continued.

 In total, the Wildsfees diverted 9828kg of waste from going to landfill this year, this rate can be increased if the public separates at source.  “We definitely have seen a more conscious consumer at the festival, this has been a result of 5 years’ of education as this year was the first that recycling bins were not permanently supervised,” shares Kay Hardy, Co-Owner and Director of The Waste Trade Company, “we do hope that this trend continues and that other events follow this example.

Event recycling is not as easy as placing labelled bins on the premises.  Recycling needs to be marketed and all event stakeholders need to be held responsible for their waste contribution and management.  “We encourage all to take a look behind the scenes in the waste management industry, the supply chain is logistics heavy and a lot of manual labour is required, this is why we need the public to help us – when you separate your waste you help your local recycling collector to continue providing recycling services and facilities,” Kay Hardy concluded.

 July 16, 2019
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IWMSA EC Compost Facility Tour

BY Vicky Porter

14 May 2019 – The IWMSA Eastern Cape hosted a tour of the Enviroserv compost facility in Aalwynhoek, Port Elizabeth.  Attendees met at the venue, where they were given a brief history of the facility as well as an educational talk about composting.

“The composting facility has been operational for the last 7 years,” said Sue Alcock, Operations Manager for Enviroserv in Port Elizabeth.  She added that most of the waste for composting is generated by abbatoirs and a few other organic waste streams, “we have submitted a variation application to grant us the certification needed to accept green waste as the demand for quality compost has grown.”

In 2018 Enviroserv partnered with one of South Africa’s leading certified compost providers, Reliance.  Their industry expertise assisted in the operations and growth of the local facility, resulting in the provision of top quality compost, lawn dressing and top soils. 

Once waste enters the facility, it is offloaded in bunkers where it is then collected to be packed in rows which will rest for 6 weeks.  During this period, the rows are turned approximately 28 to 33 times in order to ensure that sufficient oxygen is available for microorganisms to break down the waste.  “These are not just rows of dirt, they are alive,” said Andre Bonnet, Operational Manager for Reliance, “the temperature inside these rows can rise up to 75 degrees Celsius,” he added by demonstrating the steam released when digging a hole in one of the rows. Over the years soil being used in farming practices has been depleted of nutrients by using chemical fertilizers. By adding compost to the soil you are bringing back microbial life, improving soil structure and water retention. It also helps to keep natural diseases in plants at bay.

The IWMSA EC would like to thank Enviroserv and all attendees for the valuable information and networking session as well as the sponsored compost bags.  “These events really foster the growth of business relationships, which is crucial in the ever evolving waste industry,” said Theo von Ruben, Chairperson of the IWMSA Eastern Cape.

 May 17, 2019
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Sarel the Cape Gannet

BY Vicky Porter

On Wednesday the 24th of April, Carol was going about her daily routine at The Waste Trade Company when a feathered friend caught her attention.  The elegant bird with white plumage and black markings was not a regular sight to see in the waste yard.  She immediately alerted Kay, who advised her to contact Bayworld or SANCCOB.  Carol managed to capture our new friend and kept in a box for SANCCOB, who collected him shortly.  Whilst waiting, he was named Sarel.

It turns out that Sarel is a Cape Gannet, popular for his silky feathers, golden crown, black beak (with tail feathers to match) and large size.  These pelagic birds (birds that frequent coastal waters) are listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red Data List.  Native to SA and Namibia, only six breeding colonies remain, three in each country. 

On average, a Cape Gannet lays one egg per year, which hatches in 44 days.  After hatching, chicks stay with their parents for approximately 3 months, until it’s time to venture into the wild.  Although they are magnificent hunters – they dive into the ocean from heights of up to 30 metres to snatch their meal with their razor sharp beaks – they are also hunted, especially when young.  Cape Fur seals and Great White Pelicans particularly have a taste for Gannets.

We have yet to discover why Sarel decided to visit The Waste Trade Company, where recycling is processed.  Perhaps he didn’t have a decent catch that day and thought a meal might present itself in a can?  This is one of the many reasons that we ask our clients to keep their cans clean, as any residual food does attract wildlife and other critters.  Although we love animals, the depot isn’t the safest space for them to settle.  


Sometimes gannets also get blown off course by strong winds and storms. They get exhausted and sometimes end up a little bit inland.  They need a run off to take off so if they get themselves stuck in a small area they cant take off and fly away.


We would like to thank SANCCOB for fetching Sarel, who is still in ICU, but is being nursed back to health.  We reckon Carol might have adopted him, but fresh fish smoothies are not readily available (apparently Sarel loves his fishy drinks)!

 April 30, 2019
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Nelson Mandela Bay Schools Recycle To Win

BY Vicky Porter

The future of planet Earth lies in our hands.  This is not just a cliché slogan, it is the hard truth.  For life on Earth to continue, we need to start doing things differently… NOW!  A simple Google search will provide many solutions to help you reduce your carbon footprint.  Recycling is an easy and convenient way to do your part.  Many solutions are available, but it is very important to research what works locally.

Reasons why Nelson Mandela Bay should recycle:
·         To clean up the environment
·         Conservation of natural resources
·         To conserve energy (producing new products with recycled materials uses less energy than to source materials from natural resources)
·         To reduce the amount of waste going to landfills (some of us may know these as rubbish dumps or tips)

The hierarchy of waste, Reduce – Reuse – Recycle, should also be kept in mind.  It’s quite simple, really;

If you don’t need it, don’t buy it.
If you have to buy it, buy something that can be used again
Make sure that whatever you buy can be recycled locally
We would like to congratulate the following Nelson Mandela Bay recycling schools for their dedication toward keeping our beautiful city clean:
·         First Place:  Kabega Primary
·         Second Place:  Bet-el Christelike AKademie
·         Third Place:  Theodor Herzl High
Recycling trailblazer, Kabega Primary, set the bar high by recycling a total of 13736kg, which is a total of 15.19kg per learner!  To put this into perspective, one can weigh an empty 2 litre plastic bottle (now do the math and imagine how much work the school has done).  Not only does Kabega invest in their own green activities, but they encourage other schools to visit and learn from them.  They truly are spreading the Green Gospel, TWTC couldn’t be prouder!
Bet-el Christelike AKademie started their recycling programme at school after visiting Kabega Primary last year.  Their Groenhande club has worked hard to implement a culture of recycling at school.  The school will be investing in environmental school outings for the Groenhande club and will also be purchasing lab equipment.  They managed to collect a total of 715kg of recycling for the first term, an average of 10.67kg per learner.  They have vowed to work even harder to ensure that everybody at school recycles. 
Theador Herzl High was awarded third place for collecting 1544kg of recycling, an average of 10.29kg per learner.  They will be investing in small recycling bins for each classroom to encourage learners to separate at source. 
TWTC would like to thank Mpact Recycling SA for the donation of the prize money, the top 3 schools for their dedication and hard work and everybody in Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage, Despatch and Sundays River Valley who continues to reduce, reuse and recycle!

 April 17, 2019
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A Tribute To Daphne

BY Vicky Porter

The TWTC Family are overcome with sadness at the passing away of our dear colleague and friend, Daphne Hewitt, who was called home to Heaven on Friday the 29th of March 2019.

Daphne made a positive impact since she joined our family in 2018. Her passion for problem solving meant that colleagues often depended on her – even for matters beyond her scope of work. We all agree that Daphne was a loyal, dependable and motivating team player.

The TWTC Family misses her dearly and we would like to express our sincere condolences to her daughter, sons, grandson and family.

“When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.”


Daphne, your love for life has been an inspiration to myself and the TWTC Family.  Your positive attitude was contagious and will be missed at the depot.  We are grateful for the time you were lent to us, we will always cherish your memory.  Kay.


“Duifie”, nie net ‘n kollega, maar ook ‘n vriendin en suster.  Ek gaan jou vreeslik baie mis.  Jou lag, jou grappies, jou raad ens.  Jy sal altyd in my harT voortleef – ‘n legend.  Dit was ‘n voorreg om jou te ken… Lovies Anto.

Perhaps they are not stars in the sky, but rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy.  So grateful for having met you and all the times you would tease me and make me laugh.  I’m already missing you so very much – Maylene.

Daphne, a kind hearted lady, a lady with a big heart, always helping others and assisting where she can.  She was a friend and also like a mother.  I thank the Lord for the time he spared us to work with you and to know you.  You will always be remembered for your kindness, friendliness and delicious meals.  We will always love and miss you.  You were gone too soon.  Miss – E.

Daphne now you are in good hands.  Its still unbelievable but we accept it that you are no more.  May your family get comfort and strength in this time of sadness.  Rest in peace our friend.  Security Officer Shadrack.

Daphne, a true legend!  I am definitely going to miss you so much.  The advice you gave, the laughs, the loyalty to us… May you rest in peace in the arms of Jesus until we meet again… CJ.
Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure.  You are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure.  From Dona.

D-D!  Gone too soon but we treasure good memories.  Thanks for being a ray of sunshine wherever you went.  RIP.  Malene


Ndive kabuhlungu kakhulu ushiywa nguwe bendisa jonge lukhule kuwe. Mr Lengs.

Daphne usizamele lundothusile uhambo lwakho ndohlala ndikukhumbula ubungu mzali kum bendithi ndokukhala kuwe undincede ngezinto zomsebenzi. Isitya esihle asidleli. Miss Andie Noge.

Daphne lundothusile uhambo lwakho. Khange ndikulindele uba uyakube usishiyile. Ndithi ulale ngoxolo sahlala sikukhumbula singumzi wase TWTC. Sakukhumbula nongoloncumo. Mrs N. Mzimkhulu.

Daphne besisa jonge lukhulu kuwe ubungumntu onobubele ubungumama kuthi ubungumntu ofikelelekayo sohlala sikukhumbule ngoloncumo lwakho. Miss Mpumi Phyllis

Daphne lundothusile uhambolwakho bendijonge lukhulu kuwe kodwa ke yintando ka Thixo. Kuyinyani xakusithiwa ungayazi date yakho yozalwa kodwa eyokufa yaziwa ngu Thixo . ngu thixo othandileyo. Lala ngoxolo Daphne sohlala sikukhumbula ngemizamo yakho kodwa ke silahlekelwe besisa jonge lukhulu kuwe lala ngoxolo mama Daphne. Miss Amanda.

Daphne ulale ngoxolo lusothusile uhambo lwakho uyohlala ukhumbuleka mam D ulale ngoxolo. Mr Simphiwe.

Daphne ndilahlekelwe bendikuthatha uba ungumama wam ngenxa yobubele bakho ubu hlelinje unoncumo ubunga caci naxa ubunomsindo andiyazi uba sophinda simbone phi umntu onje ngawe. Mr Patrick.

Daphne usizimele kangesikucingele uba uyabe sohlukene nathi. Ndohlala ndikukhumbula ngoloncumo lwakho Ndibuhlungu ngoba ndikugqibe le uteketisa intaka ndibuhlungu kakhuu lala ngoxolo mama ubungumzali kuthi. Miss Yandiswa.

Ibiluvuyo ukuba nawe uhambe kakuhle Daphne siyohlala sikukhumbula osezintlizweni zethu. May you rest in peace. Miss Zizo.

Daphne besingekakulindeli ukuba ungasishiya kodwa usizimele siyakuhlala sikucinga ngamaxesha onke. Hamba kakuhle sohlala sikukhumbula ezintliziyweni zethu. May your soul rest in peace. Miss Zukiswa.

Daphne lundothusile uhambo lwakho bendisa jonge lukhulu kuwe ndohlala ndikukhumbula ngolo ncamo lwakho ubungu Mama Kum. Mrs. Ntombekhaya.

Daphne ndikubone ithuba elifutshane waske wavutha umlilo ndisa kubuka. Ubungumntu obengamngxameli umntu. Miss T.L. Konzani

Hamba kakuhle Dapne. Uhambo lwakho lusothusile besithe sisajongile kuwe, wasuka wevutha umlilo. Hamba kakuhle – hamba kahle. Rest in peace, Daphne. Miss Nozuko.


Daphne ubuyinto yonke kum, ndohlala ndikukumbula ngemisebenzi emihle ubuyenza.ubufikeleleka nangolo ncumo lwakho. Ndiyeza nam apho uyakhona. Miss Lillian Klaas.

 April 05, 2019
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Collaboration Is Key In The War Against Waste

BY Vicky Porter

29 March 2019 - Unity in Africa, in partnership with Project NMB Clean City and Something Good, hosted a beach cleanup at Pollock Beach. 
Emmy Nxayeka, Schools Project Manager at The Waste Trade Company, started the event with an educational talk about recycling. "We implement a two bag system, one for recycling and one for general waste that will go to landfill. Learners are encouraged to take this knowledge back to school where they can take ownership for their school’s waste and start their own recycling projects.
Laurene Booth Jones from Unity in Africa Project Coordinator was pleased that their learners had to apply what Emmy had taught them. “I could really see them thinking about each item they disposed of, it’s a great way to practically educate them,” she shared.
40 learners from 14 different schools were seen participating.  The Cleanup started at NMU North Campus, where a few university students joined.  They cleaned up the sidewalks whilst they strolled down to Pollock Beach where the cleanup took place.
Various items of litter were collected, many of which could be recycled.  The strangest items found were a back pack draw string, an expensive looking bottle of champagne and a plastic plate.
"We would like to thank Unity in Africa for approaching the Clean City Task Team to support their beach cleanup, we are proud of all the good work that you do," said Kay Hardy, General Manager, TWTC, and head of Project NMB Clean City Task Team, “furthermore, thank you to Something Good, SPAR Acres, and Project NMB for the sponsorship of the light lunches, NMBM for sponsoring the bags and to The Waste Trade Company for sponsoring the environmental talk, without collaboration we would not be able to spread the green gospel!”

 April 01, 2019
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Tips to Make Recycling at Home Fun and Easy

BY Vicky Porter

The family is finally onboard with going green and have committed to separating their recyclables.  You convinced them, now you need to make it happen… fret not, recycling can be easy and even fun!

Herewith below a few useful tips when starting to recycle at home:

Information - this is the most important factor to consider when recycling.  Make an effort to find out what can be recycled in your town by contacting local recycling companies.  The popular chasing arrows found on many plastic products are not indicators of whether it can be recycled.  These are for identifying different types of plastics, and unfortunately, many of these cannot be recycled.

Education – ensuring that your household understands why they need to recycle is very important.  If they don’t, chances are the novelty will wear off and you’ll be left sorting through the recycling.  Once everybody appreciates the environmental benefits of recycling, they will be keen to do their part.  If the positive message doesn’t work, you can always show them the devastating effects of pollution.

Resources – in order to separate your recycling, you need to set up a system to make it easy.  Of course, you could use one bin to mix all your recyclables, but that would require discipline to separate at a later stage.  People often overcomplicate recycling; you don’t need expensive, fancy bins.  A few hooks on a wall with bags will do, or even baskets on wheels that can slide underneath a counter.  You have to think outside the box if you really want to make it work.  You also need to find out where you can drop off your sorted recycling (better yet, why not contact your nearest school or church and tell them about TWTC’s Schools Recycling Project).

Motivation – if you have children in the house this can be a fun addition to quality family time.  You can research fun recycling games (such as recycling toss) and use recycling to develop motor skills.  Adding recycling as a chore for pocket money is also a great way to teach children about financial responsibility.  Sorting through your recycling can also be a great stress buster – it has the same effect as de-cluttering and organizing your space.  Take the time to do it mindfully, and consider why you are making the effort every time.

 March 15, 2019
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A Day In The Life Of A Refuse Collector

BY Vicky Porter

06 March 2018 – The Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa Eastern Cape Branch hosted an educational waste management tour where the daily route of a municipal refuse collector was followed.  The tour also included a visit to Arlington Landfill, Kragga Kamma Waste Drop Off Site and concluded with a tour of Cannibal Glass's recycling facility.  Attendees met at Moffet Retail Park where welcomed by Director of Waste NMBM, Annalisa Dyakala.

The objective of the tour was to challenge the misconception of "throwing it away" by providing attendees with first-hand experience of a domestic collection route and the disposal of domestic waste in a landfill.  "We are faced with various problems on a daily basis, our team is often injured as a result of a lack of insight and education.  Our trucks are equipped with machinery that compacts waste whilst we are driving and if dangerous liquids are in the domestic waste our staff is at risk of exposure to these unidentified chemicals," said Karel Strydom, Municipal Refuse Collector, "waste collection is hard labour, and we plead with the public to dispose of their waste responsibly."

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality services approximately 51200 households per day.  Municipal refuse collection teams start work at 06h00 and finish their routes by 14h30.  "As with any logistics, we do sometimes experience setbacks such as a truck breaking down.  In this case, collections may run behind – in this case a non-collection can only be logged if it has not been completed by 14h30," said Melinda Labuscagne, GIS Controller NMBM, "we encourage households to ensure that their waste is on the curb by 06h00, or they run the risk of non-collection as our fleet cannot risk losing time by turning back."

The tour started in Mangold Park, where a refuse collection team of 5 were tailed.  Community member, Louis du Plooy, enquired about the tour and complimented the team, "Karel and his team are just great, they are always on time, always friendly and they always look clean and fresh," he shared.

Once the truck was full the tour followed it to Arlington Landfill site, where it would dispose of the waste. "When running at an optimal compaction rate, these vehicles can load up to 10 tons of waste," said Melinda, "every time they weigh in at Arlington their data is recorded, we are able to view the volumes of waste per route which assists with our waste management planning."

An estimate of 380 trucks dispose of waste at Arlington Landfill Site per day, making it the busiest landfill in NMBM.  Informal workers can be seen recovering recyclable material at the site, but this is not a sustainable solution as the material is often contaminated, rendering it worthless.  Furthermore, workers on landfill sites are at risk of injury and illness.  "Our landfill sites are filling up, and Arlington only has an estimated 40 years left until it is full, we would like to challenge the public to actively start recycling in order for us to combat having to build another landfill," said Clinton Plaatjies, Acting Assistant Director: Planning and Contracts, NMBM.

Kragga Kamma Waste Drop Off Site was the second last stop and included a short brief about recycling. "Recyclable products include paper, plastic, cans, carton, cardboard, and glass," said Nazlie Cader-Begg, Operations Manager, The Waste Trade Company, "but before dropping your recycling, make sure to contact your local recycling company to find out exactly what products they accept as not everything is recyclable.”

NMBM currently has 19 Waste Drop Off Sites, one of which is registered with the DEDEAT.  These drop-off points make provisions for garden refuse and recyclable material and not for domestic or commercial waste.    

The tour concluded with a site visit to Cannibal Glass where owner Leon van der Watt demonstrated the benefits of their new material recovery facility.  “The MRF will increase efficiency; this will enable us to service more community members per day.  We are also building a waiting room where educational videos will be on display for our clients,” said Leon. 

"We would like to thank the IWMSA EC for coordinating this tour, it has been a real eye-opening experience for me and our learners and I am sure they will be sharing the experience with their fellow classmates," said Mrs. Sadeeka, Teacher, Uitenhage High School.

 March 06, 2019
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Project NMB Clean City Task Team Sets Up Shop

BY Vicky Porter

24 February 2019 – Project Nelson Mandela Bay’s Clean City Task Team set up a stall at Port Elizabeth’s popular Re-Seconds Market, where stallholders are provided with a platform to sell second hand and home made goods.  The Project NMB Recycling Swop Shop stall displayed 5 recycling bins where market-goers could recycle in exchange for a lucky draw.

The stall was very well accepted and people were pleasantly surprised to receive a reward for simply doing the right thing and disposing of their waste responsibly.  Once the word had spread people started gathering waste from the market grounds in exchange for a chance to win a lucky draw prize. 

“We wanted to raise awareness about recycling, and also introduce people to the recycling buyback concept,” said Kay Hardy, Clean City Task Team Leader, “a recycling buyback centre is a very effective and simple way to educate and encourage people to recycle”. 
A swop shop is a place where one can discard of unwanted items in exchange for desired articles.  Recycling buyback centers are based on the same principle, but instead of bartering with goods, waste becomes currency. 

“We would like to thank our sponsors, SPAR EC, PETCO, The Herald, The Waste Trade Company, Greencycle and NMBM for sponsoring our stall with goodies for the lucky draws, collaboration is a key factor in the success of projects such as these,” said Laura Henderson, Clean City Task Team member.

Approximately 100 people visited the recycling swop shop stall and the recycling bins were all filled.  People were even spotted arriving at the market with bags of recycling. 
“This was the first time that we hosted a Recycling Swop Shop Stall.  Everyone that visited the stall interacted with us and showed genuine interest in recycling.  We would like to challenge everyone to host their own recycling swop shops – it’s the perfect way to de-clutter and do something good for the environment!” said Vicky Porter, Clean City Task Team Member.

Re-seconds Market coordinator, Alida Malan, was one of the first to recycle at the Project NMB Clean City Recycle Pop Up Shop, “It was lovely having the stall at the market, it added a new dimension to the event and it was wonderful to see the initiative that some people took to look for items to put in the recycling bins – it certainly created a lot of awareness.”

Michelle Brown, Acting CEO of Project NMB, said:  “ Project Nelson Mandela Bay, being a good citizenship initiative, made up of Volunteers… is absolutely thrilled at the effort and time that our Clean City Task Team has contributed to our slogan of simply being good citizens… for this city that we all love!  Collaboration and Teamwork is key, and these incredible women certainly epitomise those elements, and we thank them and the visitors to the Swop Shop, who gave in their recyclable items!” – Vicky Porter, Marketing Manager, The Waste Trade Company

 February 28, 2019
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Tips to Make Recycling at Home Fun and Easy

BY Vicky Porter

The family is finally onboard with going green and have committed to separating their recyclables.  You convinced them, now you need to make it happen… fret not, recycling can be easy and even fun!
Herewith below a few useful tips when starting to recycle at home:

Information - this is the most important factor to consider when recycling.  Make an effort to find out what can be recycled in your town by contacting local recycling companies.  The popular chasing arrows found on many plastic products are not indicators of whether it can be recycled.  These are for identifying different types of plastics, and unfortunately, many of these cannot be recycled.

Education – ensuring that your household understands why they need to recycle is very important.  If they don’t, chances are the novelty will wear off and you’ll be left sorting through the recycling.  Once everybody appreciates the environmental benefits of recycling, they will be keen to do their part.  If the positive message doesn’t work, you can always show them the devastating effects of pollution.

Resources – in order to separate your recycling, you need to set up a system to make it easy.  Of course, you could use one bin to mix all your recyclables, but that would require discipline to separate at a later stage.  People often overcomplicate recycling; you don’t need expensive, fancy bins.  A few hooks on a wall with bags will do, or even baskets on wheels that can slide underneath a counter.  You have to think outside the box if you really want to make it work.  You also need to find out where you can drop off your sorted recycling (better yet, why not contact your nearest school or church and tell them about TWTC’s Schools Recycling Project).

Motivation – if you have children in the house this can be a fun addition to quality family time.  You can research fun recycling games (such as recycling toss) and use recycling to develop motor skills.  Adding recycling as a chore for pocket money is also a great way to teach children about financial responsibility.  Sorting through your recycling can also be a great stress buster – it has the same effect as de-cluttering and organizing your space.  Take the time to do it mindfully, and consider why you are making the effort every time.

 February 26, 2019
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Seaview Recycling Project Offers a Hand Up

BY Vicky Porter

The Rainbow Nation Recycling Club, situated in Clarendon Marine just outside Kini Bay, runs a recycling programme that offers the local community an opportunity to exchange recyclable PET bottles for much needed day-to-day consumables.  Run by Penny Anderson and Irma van Vyver, the project currently supports over 150 households on a weekly basis.

The project is based on the recycling buyback concept, where waste becomes currency.  Every Monday afternoon at 14h30, children are seen carrying bags of plastic bottles to the centre, where they are then weighed.  For every one kilogram, two credits are given.  Children are then accompanied into the shop where they can spend these credits.  “It is a very humbling experience to see a child being given the power of choice, even for something as small as buying a tin of food,” shared Emmy Nxayeka, Schools Project Coordinator for The Waste Trade Company.

The project is supported by The Waste Trade Company and forms part of their Schools Recycling Project.  “We are not a registered NPO and we rely on donations and volunteerism, the financial rebates received from TWTC for the PET assist us to fill in the gaps where needed to sustainably run The Rainbow Nation Recycling Club,” said Penny Anderson.  In addition to managing the buyback centre and offering environmental and financial education, Penny and her team also assist learners with homework during the week. 

Since 2013, when the centre started recycling, they have collected a total of 17 421kg of PET, which is approximately 414 785 2 litre bottles!  “We are proud to start 2019 on such a positive note,” said Emmy, who hosted an environmental talk for the children, “And we look forward to joining forces to make their 6th year even more successful!”

“The Rainbow Nation Recycling Club offers the community a hand up, not a hand out.  The children learn valuable life skills whilst keeping their environment clean,” said Kay Hardy, Co-owner and General Manager of The Waste Trade Company, “We will always do our best to support and promote the wonderful work that they are doing.” – Vicky Porter, Marketing Manager, The Waste Trade Company

 January 17, 2019
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Schools Recycle over Half a Million kg’s in 2018

BY Vicky Porter

The Schools Recycling Project, run by The Waste Trade Company, was established in 2009 with the aim to educate the public about the importance of recycling whilst providing much needed access to recycling facilities.  The project has since grown to service over 300 clients in NMBM and Sundays River Valley.

Participating schools benefit from free collections, financial rebates, recycling consultations and various educational activities and events.  Furthermore, top recycling schools are awarded cash prizes, sponsored by Mpact Recycling SA, on a quarterly basis.  The top schools are awarded according to the weight of recyclables collected per child, which ensures for fairness across the board.

Kabega Primary won third place for the last term of 2018, with a total of 17.6kg collected per learner.  Overall the school collected an astonishing 16 130kg of recyclables!  “Kabega Primary remains one of our flagship examples of a schools recycling programme, they have a very active eco club, participate in all things green and have a green champion at the school who keeps the project alive, we are very proud to be associated with them!” said Emmy Nxayeka, schools project coordinator, TWTC, “They intend to use their prize to purchase a gazebo to use at their environmental events and cleanups”.

Runner up Quest School collected a total of 20.03kg of recyclables per learner and an overall total of 1883kg for the term.  “Recycling helps our learners develop their motor skills and assists us in reducing our carbon footprint”, said Principal Lottie de Vries, “We intend to invest our prize money in equipment for our sensory room to further assist our learners to develop and engage their senses.”

Colchester Primary was thrilled to be awarded first place for their recycling efforts.  They collected an average of 58.87kg per child!  Although they do not have a fully equipped recycling station, they do have a recycling buyback centre where children bring recyclables in exchange for much needed consumables. “It’s much like a swop shop, but waste becomes the currency”, shared Emmy, “It’s really humbling to see children bring big bags of recycling and buy food for their family”.  Colchester Buyback Centre intends to use their prize money toward the purchasing of school shoes and stock for the swop shop.

“We are very proud of all the schools, churches and companies that participate in our Schools Recycling Project, without their dedication and passion we would not have been able to prevent over half a million kg of recyclable material from going to landfill!” said Kay Hardy, Co-Owner and General Manager, The Waste Trade Company.

 January 17, 2019
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Airport Valley Community Centre Recycling Swap Shop

BY Vicky Porter

Nestled in the heart of the Walmer Township Community lies the Airport Valley Community Centre.  Fuelled by volunteerism and donations, the centre provides basic consumer goods to children and their families in return for their recyclables.  The centre was the brainchild of Walmer Methodist Church and is managed by Audrey van Wyk, who oversees the church’s mission and outreach programmes.

On Thursday afternoons children can be seen lining up outside the centre with bags of recyclable material.  They are rewarded points per bag, which can then be redeemed inside the swap shop for consumables.  In order to keep control and offer a more personal shopping experience, an average of 2 children are assisted at a time.  The centre provides for approximately 50 children per week, running on a budget of R500.00 per swap shop. “We started with 150 children, but we rely on volunteerism and donations to keep the shop open,” shared Audrey, “our most popular items include non-perishables, toiletries and stationery – but we welcome any contributions.”

Recycling buyback projects operate on the premise of waste becoming currency.  This teaches members to take responsibility for their waste and to work for their keep.  “We believe in a hand up, and these projects teach valuable life lessons to children, whilst cleaning up their immediate environments,” said Kay Hardy, General Manager and Co-Owner of The Waste Trade Company.

The Waste Trade Company partnered with the centre in July 2018 and has since collected 2453kg of recyclables.  The main products collected are plastic bottles, glass and cans.  The children collect an average of 160kg per week.  “The centre benefits by receiving free collections and a financial rebate for their recyclables,” said Emmy Nxayeka, Schools Project Manager of The Waste Trade Company, “companies can also donate their recycling to the project, we will collect it from their premises but Airport Valley Swap Shop will receive the financial contribution.”

 December 07, 2018
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Top Recycling NMB Schools Set The Green Standard

BY Vicky Porter

25 October 2015 – The Waste Trade Company awarded the top three recycling schools, Kabega Primary, Morewag Primary and Walmer Primary.  The winners all participate in The Schools Recycling Project, which is dedicated to educating children about the importance of recycling and environmental responsibility.  Schools Project Coordinator, Emmy Nxayeka, is very proud of the winning schools, “running a recycling project at school requires dedication, patience and most importantly, passion,” she exclaimed.

The Schools Recycling Project was established by The Waste Trade Company in 2009 as part of the companies’ social responsibility campaign and has since grown to service over 280 clients in NMB and Sundays River Valley.  The project is based on the slogan “tell me and I’ll forget, show me and I may not remember, involve me and I’ll understand”. 

TWTC offers schools the opportunity to establish recycling projects, they benefit by sending less waste to landfill and by receiving financial rebates for their recyclable products.  Furthermore, various educational activities are offered at no extra cost to participating schools.  In order for schools to qualify for the quarterly competition, they have to have a collection at least once a month and must verify the number of learners that attend the school. “We realized that all schools are not alike, and that small schools may work just as hard as larger schools, therefore we award schools according to their weight per learner.  This also encourages school-wide involvement,” said Kay Hardy, General Manager and Co-Owner of The Waste Trade Company.

First place winner, Kabega Primary won R3000.00 for collecting and average of 17.31 kg per learner.  Morewag received R2000.00 for second place by collecting an average of 4.42 kg per learner.  Third place winner, Walmer Primary won R1000.00, with an average of 0.83 kg per learner.  In total, The Schools Recycling Project diverted 127 847 kg of waste from landfill for the third term of 2018!  - Vicky Porter, Marketing Manager, The Waste Trade Company

Kabega Primary:

Back Row:  Danita Louw (Gr6); Mitchelle Chininga (Gr 6); Kay Hardy (General Manager and Co-Owner, The Waste Trade Company), Dr Adele Botha (Enviro Club Coordinator), Tamicka Luck (Gr 6)
Middle:  Nondalo (TWTC Mascot), Emmy Nxayeka (Schools Project Coordinator, The Waste Trade Company)
Front:  Adam Pretorius (Gr 6); Bongi Mapela (Gr 6); Jayden Taylor (Gr 6)

Morewag Primary:

Ariska Evert (Gr 4); Katlyn Van Rooyen (Gr 7); Ashlene Fortuin (Gr 7); Kay Hardy (General Manager and Co-Owner, The Waste Trade Company); Angelina van Niekerk (Gr 7); Mutulu Maliza (Gr 7); Nondalo (TWTC Mascot); Emmy Nxayeka (Schools Project Coordinator, The Waste Trade Company)

Walmer Primary:

Back Row:  Yonelani Stephens (Gr 7); Anesipho Somdaka (Gr 7); Noluthando Swartbooi (Gr 7); Mr Luphumlo Madolwana (School Administrator); Miss Funani (Deputy Principal); Kay Hardy (General Manager and Co-Owner, The Waste Trade Company); Aphelihle Winti (Gr 7); Mr Sibulele Tiyani (Administrative Assistant); Lelethu Maqoko (Gr 7); Zikhona Xali (Gr 7)
Front:  Nondalo (TWTC Mascot), Emmy Nxayeka (Schools Project Coordinator, The Waste Trade Company)

 October 25, 2018
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Recycle to spread Cheer

BY Athena O’Reilly

Nelson Mandela Bay residents will have the opportunity to share in the 2018 festive feeling as The Herald embarks on a fresh initiative with its annual Christmas Cheer fundraiser.

For more than a century, The Herald Christmas Cheer Fund has collected donations which are distributed to children in need, the aged, poor, sick and disabled.

Every cent the fund receives is allocated to the selected organisations and charities.
This year, The Herald plans on taking a different approach in its fundraising.

In addition to just driving funds via direct cash and EFT donations, a call on all readers and the public is made to drop off old newspapers at various drop-off zones at SPAR stores.

The Herald chief marketing officer Justin Peel said the aim of the recycling initiative aligned to the fund was twofold.

“First, we would like to create a sustainable contribution model that allows the residents of Nelson Mandela Bay and surrounding areas to support The Herald Christmas Cheer Fund throughout the year by simply recycling their old newspapers,” Peel said.

“The second aim of the recycling initiative is to ensure, as a newspaper provider, we’re taking steps to minimise our impact on the environment.

“The initiative is a small step in our journey as a local news organisation to ensure we’re able to drive a process that talks to a sustainable future for our environment.”

Peel said in the past various initiatives to garner support were used for the fund, like competitions and direct donations, but this year the new recycling model provides for a longer annual window allowing for a more regular feed of donations throughout the year.

For each 10kg of newspaper donated, R1 is allocated towards the fund in collaboration with the Waste Trade Company, which will be facilitating the collection and recycling of old newspapers.
The SPAR stores for the newspaper drop-offs are: Linton Grange, Sunridge Park, Waterfront, Newton Park, Walmer, Fiveways, Despatch, Levyvale Uitenhage, Mount Pleasant and Acres.

“We firmly believe everyone deserves the chance to laugh, smile and feel loved, especially over the holiday season,” Peel said.

“I urge everyone to take a stand and, by simply recycling your old newspapers at the designated points, make a difference in the lives of the thousands of less fortunate individuals The Herald Christmas Cheer Fund supports.”

The fund is administered by five trustees, comprising senior management of The Herald and beggar-in-chief Steven Lancaster, who has been involved in charity work for more than 20 years.
“One small act of kindness changes lives, most especially when we face stress, as many do at Christmas time,” Lancaster said.

“A person may change their life because of your contribution through a transparent and effective charity like The Herald Christmas Cheer Fund and the 80-odd charities we support.”

The Waste Trade Company (TWTC) general manager Kay Hardy said: “We pride ourselves in supporting initiatives that help promote a healthy planet through responsible actions through recycling.

“Our school recycling project enables us to spread our awareness and education through recycling, and we are very honoured that The Herald chose to involve TWTC in such a initiative.

“It’s a good way to help us save our natural resources, diverting waste from landfill, keeping the environment clean, creating jobs – the chain is long, so it is good for the economy.
“And the newspapers brought in go towards helping feed a child or a family.”

An EFT payment or direct deposit can be made to The Herald Christmas Cheer Fund, First National Bank, account number 53410726732.

 October 15, 2018
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