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What we do

Blue Sky Recycling

Collection Partner – Cape Town

Framework

Blue Sky Recycling is a social enterprise hosted by the Italian NGO CESVI in the township of Philippi (Cape Town) where it operates as a buy-back centre.

Model

The centre collects recyclable waste (plastic, paper and glass) through a wide network of pickers, sorts materials and resells them to recycling operations. Blue Sky has implemented an efficient strategy to reward waste pickers, based on the issue of a receipt (amounting to credits) that can be cashed in on a weekly basis.

Impact

By virtue of this method, a lot of people can now count on additional revenue to improve their lives and sustain their families. Over the years, the company has gained credibility in the eyes of informal gatherers, constantly increasing volumes and generating a strong impact on the living conditions in one of the largest townships in Cape Town.

Highlights

1,500+
waste pickers involved

600
sqm hub surface

120
tons of PET collected yearly

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