Getting equipped for recycling
Getting equipped for recycling: today we’re at the hand-over ceremony with Oxfam South Africa and Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality presenting the recycling coops and small enterprises with 70 new tuk-tuks which will enforce waste collection in the area.
In the past few years, the metropolitan municipality of Ekurhuleni (approx. 3 million people) has been testing a new model of social enterprise in the waste management sector. This model, sponsored by Oxfam SA, relies on a vast network of cooperatives, operating in the collection of plastic waste.
The strategy is based on constant dialogue with the public sector, with the aim of integrating the cooperatives into the official waste collection system. The municipality provides free space, energy and other services to cooperatives, in addition to a license for door-to-door collection in a number of neighborhoods. Furthermore, Oxfam promotes innovation and education in plastic recycling, in collaboration with schools and local communities.
While significantly improving the existing waste management system, the project has created job opportunities within the community, especially for local unemployed women, and is encouraging training and capacity building to develop workers’ skills, promoting stability and growth.
The handover today represents an outstanding best practice in South Africa and another milestone in the integration of the Ekuruleni recycling initiatives into the formal waste system.