The zero waste revolution

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Feb 4, 2021


In 2020, our Zero Waste Schools project was named a winner in the Mail & Guardian’s Greening the Future Awards. The accolade is an endorsement of our belief that a zero-waste future is possible in our cities. We’re starting this year with the great news that another Bellville school is getting on board.

Bellville High School is the second school in Bellville to implement the project.

The Zero Waste Schools project was conceived as a way to help schools reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill, using a simple but effective waste management, composting and recycling system. The waste management system is augmented by a toolkit to help educators incorporate waste education into the classroom curriculum. Changing habits, starts with changing mindsets, and that starts with education. Taking a holistic approach, the project equips learners and educators with a greater understanding of not only why it’s important to change our waste habits, but also how to change those habits.

In the first pilot project, hosted by DF Malan High School, the school managed to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill by over 60% within the first three months. It also saved around R36 000 per annum in waste removal fees and is earning the school a rebate of around R1 500 per month in recycling buy-back.

We want to expand this project to schools and campuses across Bellville. Get in touch if you want to know more about implementing the programme at your institution. Email the project manager Monique Muller for more details.