Recyled plastic waste from both the 2017 Comrades and Two Oceans marathons was utilised to produce these desks. The desks are being delivered to over forty (40) schools in the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. This is as part of the #GoGreen project, a collaboration between Polyco, Wildlands and Old Mutual.
Axios School of skills in Eerste River in the Western Cape, received twenty (20) “green” desks in February and a further twenty (20) were delivered to Nobanda Primary School in Sweetwaters, KwaZulu-Natal. The learners and school management were excited especially because there is a dire shortage of quality desks let alone desks in public schools in South Africa.
“It’s wonderful that South Africans can help to address the lack of desks in schools, and secure a brighter future for the younger generation, simply by recycling their plastics,” says Polyco’s Chief Executive Officer, Mandy Naudé.
Lalelani Primary School in Nthshongweni, KwaZulu-Natal is the most recent recipient as it is a beneficiary of the ROBINHOOD Foundation. Some forty seven (47) double green desks were delivered and handed over to the Grade 1 class on the 14th March 2018. Naudé believes that this initiative is a positive step towards educating the children on the significance of recycled plastic.
Other Plastic Waste Recycling Initiatives in Schools
In 2003, the Wildlife and Environmental Society of South Africa (WESSA) and the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF-SA) implemented the international award winning Eco-School programme; the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). This programme is actively running in 51 countries around the globe and its main objective is to create awareness and action around environmental sustainability in schools and their surrounding communities, and some of its elements are in support of the national curriculum in South Africa.
Since 2003 more than 10 229 schools across all nine provinces have participated in the WESSA Eco-Schools programme, of which over 6 000 have sustained their environmental projects for three to 12 years, involving more than 500 000 learners and 40 000 teachers.