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JBay Recycling Project - Jeffreysbaai, South Africa

The Rotary club of Jeffreys Bay and Spirals Studio have started a project where children are encouraged to collect, sort and deliver “recyclable junk” to a central point and exchange it for tokens. 


They can then use the tokens to “shop” in an associated shop for toiletries, food, clothing, school supplies and books. 


The materials collected are sold to local recycler, Green Guardian. Money earned this way, pays for about 30 percent of stock in the shop. Local businesses and individuals are invited to contribute by way of donations for the shop stock.

The benefits from this project are numerous; it cleans up our environment, empowers the kids to get what they need by using what is available, teaches the children to look at rubbish in a different way, the value of recycling, shopping and counting skills and deliver much needed support in a value for value concept rather than old fashioned hand-outs.

Last year KAS supplied 100 blankets and 250 hats for the Swap Shop - which were snapped up by the children within a few hours.  As a result, the Stitch Witch Group developed in order to provide blankets made and created by the local caring community!  

Each week the children trade 2-3 tons of recyclable materials. Previously, we have included the weekly report in the Facebook for Sharing discussion page, but now feel it is time that it was in its true home - What's Going on in South Africa.  

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21 Jan 2013: 319 kids traded 3.1 tons of recyclable material. 54 new participants...great job everybody!

The Skosana kids brought their baby sister 'Goggo' for her first visit!

Hot and busy - emphasis on back to school with soup from Pick n Pay - full of veggies and chicken - fantastic for hungry and thirsty kiddies.

More pics from this Monday's session :

Pic. 1: Jonella brings her recyclables

Pic. 2: Likhona helps out with the washing-up!

Pic. 3: A little lad goes shopping, the bag is as big as him!

Pic. 4: Bond assists Charlene!

Pic. 5: Hester making sure the shoe fits.

Pic. 6: Just look at that mountain of recyclables!

This organization is brilliant. It amazes me!

I agree. I love coming here and reading and rereading about all this going on.  It's a truly inspired program.

Thanks so much for spreading the word Pam!

24 January 2013: Today, 2 years ago, was our first recycling day! Happy Birthday to the Jbay Recycling Project!

Hugs and love to all the Stitch Witches, Gitta, it's so great you're able to all help right there in Africa. 

28th January 2013 : 327 children recycled 2.8 tons of materials!  (Will add more pics this week)

Infoods provides hot pizza!

The girl in the green dress is Chenay

Mr. Jaco "Boeta" Visagie - first customer of the day!

Thanks for creating this discussion, Pam...great photos of a WONDERFUL community project....Congrats to the J.B. Rotary members and Spirals Studio.  :))

More pics from this weeks JBay collection :

Pic.1 : In the queue with his collection card!

Pic.2 : Jasmin helping her friend. She has been a regular for 2 years and is a great help with translations.

Pic.3 : Tanja listening to a whispered name!

Pic.4 : Patiently queuing with recyclables

Pic.5 : 6 : Zack Scott Davidson helps with hand washing after the children have finished delivering their plastic bottles & Materials.

Pic.7 : Heino does a wonderful job!

4kg of plastic gets you new school shoes!

Thanks for the photos Pam, I do love JBAY.  Well done to all participants and supporters....Roz x

Final pics from this weeks JBay collection : The value of the cuddly Toy (they must have had quite a few this week!)

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