Huis Zonnekus residents in Milnerton had an opportunity to learn about recycling and how they can make extra money from it.
The residents were taught by Tammy Taylor Mrs South Africa finalist, Michelle Sky Hayward (27) from Sea Point, on Monday 30 September.
When asked about why she chose Huis Zonnekus Hayward said: “I identified the institutions that needed the most help with recycling. Huis Zonnekus was previously signed up with Mpact Recycling but their contract was cancelled as they did not bring in enough recycling.
“So, I encouraged them to sign up again and worked to help them to reach the minimum requirements.
“The home is in dire need of funding, so this is a great way for them to make some extra money. I am very passionate about Huis Zonnekus in particular, since my husband and his sister often volunteer here, so it seemed like a perfect fit. I had already previously visited here and noticed that they needed all the help they can get in terms of funding,” she said.
The target is to raise at least two tons of recycling paper and to educate the communities about the importance of recycling.
“It is so important to recycle and there are still so many people that do not recycle. I am so passionate about the environment and about educating others on ways to take care of it,” she said.
She said, one is never too young or too old to start recycling, to make a positive impact.
“We all can make a real change in the community. I also think it is so important to feel like you are making a difference, no matter your age or living conditions,” she said adding that over the past few months, she has been encouraging the public to donate their recycling paper to Huis Zonnekus, and to drop it off at the green recycling bin next to the home.
Hayward says she can’t overemphasise the importance of recycling.
“In South Africa, we have a big problem with landfills, they are overflowing and the government has not allowed for any more landfills to be created.
“It is important to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions that are being emitted from these landfill sites.
“The paper that is recycled, is turned into new products, which is a great cost saver. Educating people about recycling is important because it stops them from throwing their trash into the street and makes them aware of the negative effects that can have on the environment,” concluded Hayward.
Residents are encouraged to drop off their paper recycling (papers, old books, magazines, toilet rolls, boxes, milk cartons) at the green Mpact bin on the premises of Huis Zonnekus.
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