Stock, volunteers and recyclable material needed

St Francis Bay Rotary Club urgently needs stock, volunteers and recyclable material for its Rotary Recycle Swap Shop in Sea Vista.

Sea Vista children will benefit from this recycling project. They are being offered the opportunity to collect recyclable items, swop them for tokens and buy things they want at a Recycle Swap shop.
This recycling project is the same concept as that of the Jeffreys Bay recycling project. The concept has become so successful as it offers children from communities in need an opportunity to help themselves and their families.

By collecting recyclable materials such as glass, cans, cardboard and plastic the children are also improving their environment. Recyclable collections will be weighed once a week on a shopping day.

Children will be awarded tokens or ‘mulas’ according to the weight of their collection. These tokens are used to buy things in the recycle shop that will stocks some household items and school materials. The most popular items are toilet paper, toothpaste, soap, two minute noodles, oats, tea, soap powder, pencils and notebooks. “It has been noticed that in Jeffreys Bay children are purchasing food and everyday items to help their families make ends meet and to equip themselves for school,” says Tracy de Jager, chairperson of St Francis Bay Rotary.

She says a team of committed volunteers to help run the project each week is needed. The shopping day at the recycle shop will be a at Talhado Children’s Haven safe complex.
“We need a steady supply of stock for the swap shop,” says Rotary chairperson Tracy de Jager. “The shop keeps children motivated to keep collecting recyclables and stocking it properly. This is pivotal to the success of the project.

In addition Rotary appeals to local businesses, restaurants, guest house and B&Bs to also collect recyclable materials. There will be regular collections.

Rotary will be paid for recycling material by Green Guardian, a recycling partner and the funds raised will go towards keeping the recycle shop stocked.,
Volunteers keen to assist or donate should call de Jager on 083 388 6296.

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