Re­cy­cle your was­te with Rocky the Roos­ter

Suid-Kaap FORUM - - News - Mi­chel­le Pie­naar

E­DEN DIS­TRICT O­ver the first four mont­hs of t­his y­e­ar, mo­re than fi­ve tons (5 077,5 kg) of re­cy­cla­ble ma­te­ri­al was re­co­ve­r­ed from the va­ri­ous sa­tel­li­te of­fi­ces and he­ad of­fi­ce of E­den Dis­trict Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty.

“T­his is an a­vera­ge of 1,25 tons of was­te di­ver­ted from land­fill on a monthly ba­sis,” says Mor­ton Hub­be (E­den Ma­na­ger: Dis­trict Was­te). E­den’s of­fi­ci­al re­cy­cling pro­gram­me is cur­rent­ly run­ning in all the coun­cil of­fi­ces of the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty to cre­a­te a­wa­re­ness for the ge­ne­ral pu­blic who vi­sit the­se of­fi­ces and to il­lus­tra­te E­den DM’s com­mit­ment to was­te mi­ni­mi­sa­ti­on. E­ach of­fi­ce weighs and re­cords their was­te quan­ti­ties on a week­ly ba­sis.

As part of their pu­blic a­wa­re­ness and e­du­ca­ti­o­nal cam­paign for was­te mi­ni­mi­sa­ti­on, the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty in­tro­du­ced their mas­cot, Rocky the Re­cy­cling Roos­ter on Wor­ld En­vi­ron­ment Day, 5 Ju­ne. The mas­cot will as­sist in c­re­a­ting a­wa­re­ness and en­coura­ging youn­ger ge­ne­ra­ti­ons to par­ta­ke in was­te mi­ni­mi­sa­ti­on. “We want the com­mu­ni­ty to li­ve in a he­althy en­vi­ron­ment. That’s why we do it,” says Jo­han Com­pi­on (Se­ni­or Ma­na­ger: Mu­ni­ci­pal He­alth & En­vi­ron­men­tal Ma­na­ge­ment).

• Crè­ches in the E­den dis­trict can con­tact the ne­a­rest E­den DM sa­tel­li­te of­fi­ce for as­sis­tan­ce with their re­cy­cling pro­jects and a vi­sit from Rocky.

E­den DM has a­not­her ex­ci­ting pro­ject in the pi­peli­ne - an e­du­ca­ti­o­nal t­he­a­t­re s­how for schools in the dis­trict, ba­sed so­le­ly on a­wa­re­ness re­gar­ding il­le­gal dum­ping, lit­te­ring, was­te ser­vi­ces and re­cy­cling. For mo­re in­for­ma­ti­on on E­den DM’s was­te ma­na­ge­ment and a­wa­re­ness pro­grams vi­sit http:// was­te­ma­na­ge­ment.e­dendm.co.za.

With Rocky the Re­cy­cling Roos­ter are, in front from left: Je­ro­me Lam­ba­tjeen (E­den Port­fo­lio Coun­cil­lor for Fi­nan­ce), Ro­si­na Rui­ters (De­pu­ty Ma­yor), K­ha­y­a­let­hu Lo­se (Port­fo­lio Coun­cil­lor for Com­mu­ni­ty Ser­vi­ces), E­ri­ca Mey­er (Port­fo­lio Coun­cil­lor for Stra­te­gic Ser­vi­ces) and Jos­lyn John­son (Port­fo­lio Coun­cil­lor for Ru­ral De­ve­lop­ment). Back: Li­zel­le Uit­ha­ler (PA to the De­pu­ty Ma­yor), Mor­ton Hub­be (Ma­na­ger: Was­te Ma­na­ge­ment), C­li­ve A­fri­ca (Ma­na­ger: Com­mu­ni­ty Ser­vi­ces), Jo­han Gie (Dis­trict Was­te Ma­na­ge­ment Of­fi­cer) and Jo­han Com­pi­on (Se­ni­or Ma­na­ger: Mu­ni­ci­pal He­alth & En­vi­ron­men­tal Ma­na­ge­ment). P­ho­to: Mi­chel­le Pie­naar.

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