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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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The children all look so pleased with their purchases ! Very cute. I am always amazed by the amount of recyclables they collect.

Sue, you are so right.  You can see the self confidence in the children as they wait with their recyclables and then purchase something.  Compare these photos with the ones from the Mama Ntombi project and you see a world of difference in the children's postures, attitudes, faces.  These differences in the expressions on their faces, more than anything, tells me that we are doing the right thing.  

I think what's so crucial is that these children are actively taking part in making a difference in their world, their own immediate world and for others around them. This is such a great project!

The little gray monkey around the little boy's neck is from Sharon.  She was so happy to see this. 

So happy to see all the Stitch Witches blanket and their new owners.  <3

No recycling on 23rd or 30th September - school holidays!!

Monday was a very very busy day at JBay Recycling!


Belinda with pizza from InFood

Cabbages from Loretha's organic garden - flew out within minutes!

Gretchen and her young charges!

Jumbo oats - great food and delicious in flapjacks!

Another SW blanket leaves the building!

Aviwe gets new shoes

Great day and lots of wonderful goodies ! My hat goes off to the little girl with her recycling and her sister on her back !

Another busy week at JBay!

The hand of love and friendship!

"Let me turn the tap!"


Socks from the USA!


The Stitch Witches are still producing the goodies!



Louise and young Loyiso



Aviwe posing for the cameras and with Roy!



Thando and her triple card!


Eeeek! It is dentist day again!


Dillon's recyclables!

Kwela, Kyknet are visiting
The JBay Recycling Project are to be highlighted on the TV program Kwela on Kyknet. They have been interviewing some of the volunteers this morning, and will be visiting the project this afternoon (14/10/2013). 

My you have been busy ! Great news about the publicity, I guess the children were pretty excited too!

The crew from Kyknet got so caught up in the project that they only left at 17h30. Exhausted and dirty, but they enjoyed themselves. The children always enjoy the dentists (not like me, I would run) and you can see that it makes a difference, because the following weeks after a dentist visit, the toothpaste and brushes fly out of the swop shop. We are still waiting for the statistics from the dentists like how many children they were able to treat and when they will be back again. Hopefully soon, because there is a huge demand. One of our 15 year old recyclers has never been to a dentist before!

Ah, the dentist is look forward to by the children - amazing!  Please keep us informed about the TV crew and the response Gitta!

Will do so :) I am hoping they will send us a clip when they are finished with the editing :)



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