Wild @ Heart Do Your Part

BY Vicky du Toit

The SPAR Kirkwood Wildsfees celebrated their 16th anniversary this year. The festival lived up to its theme – Born to Be Wild – by providing ample entertainment for young and old. A variety of food stalls tantalized every taste bud and plenty authentic, handmade craft stalls were spotted – a truly unique experience for the avid festival goer. The theme further explores the need to preserve our wild.

The Waste Trade Company, in partnership with Mpact Recycling (Pty) Ltd, managed the festival's waste for the 5th consecutive year, “this year we reduced the number of Port Elizabeth staff and employed local as far as we could – having the depot in Kirkwood enables us to train staff and keep casuals on standby for events such as the Wildsfees,” said Kay Hardy, General Manager TWTC.

Bold green recycling stations were clearly visible throughout the event. Furthermore, food waste, used oil and grey water bins were provided, “we always strive to send as little as possible to landfill,” continued Hardy.

Training was provided to learners from the local St Colmcille High School, who participated as Green Ambassadors for the weekend, “the festival provides us all with the opportunity to not only teach others about responsible waste management, but also to have them gain experience in promotions,” said Emmy Nxayeka, Schools Project Manager, TWTC.

Mpact's Ronnie Recycler was seen promoting recycling along with his new friend, Nondalo. “Nondalo is TWTC's new mascot, her name means 'nature',” said Emmy Nxayeka, Schools Project Coordinator, TWTC. Nondalo was very well received by the public - she charmed children and adults alike!”

Mpact Recycling (Pty) Ltd. is one of the leading paper and now polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recyclers in the country, Mpact Recycling recovered 623,000 tonnes of material in 2017, up from about 500,000 in 2015. “We acquire recyclable material from 16 of our operations in major centres around the country, as well as from over 50 buy back centres, numerous independent dealers and 2,000 Ronnie Banks nationwide,” adds Hunt. As such, the company commits resources towards promoting and educating schools and communities on the merits of paper, cartons and PET collection as well as the necessity for recycling for a healthier planet. “It is through community partnerships like these, with The Waste Trade Company and the Wildsfees team that the recycling message goes further,” says Mpact Recycling's communications manager, Donna-Mari Noble.
"Through a continued focus on schools and communities in which we operate through partners like The Waste Trade Company, we aim to increase our collectable tonnages every year,” continues Noble. “Our hope is that, with the help of communities, schools, and learners that take part in the various recycling programmes, we can achieve even greater numbers for 2018.”

 July 01, 2018
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