Durban siblings make an impact through recycling initiative
It’s always inspiring to see young children doing good and Durban’s siblings Banele Machi, 15, and his brother Wandile, 13, are making an impact with their exciting new recycling initiative to keep the province clean. .
The Amaoti sibling duo, in Inanda near Durban, embarked on a mission to keep their poverty zone, about 30 km northwest of Durban, clean by collecting plastic bottles, paper , glass and plastic, bread labels and a two-liter bottle. lids in a new recycling campaign.
The initiative was born after the siblings learned about the impact of recycling from their mother Bongi Machi. Bongi is a domestic worker who was encouraged to take up the idea by her employer in Glen Ashley.
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Bongi says her employer provides the teens with plastic bags that they use to collect plastic around the area which can simply be dropped off in recycling bins. The siblings then take the glass, paper, cans and other items they collect and send them to projects such as the Bread Tags for Wheelchairs project.
Bread labels are made of impact resistant polystyrene and can be used to earn enough money to buy a wheelchair. However, there is a long way to go because a bread bag can hold 1kg of labels and it takes 200kg of labels to bring in enough money to buy a wheelchair.