Recycle your waste with Rocky the Rooster
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.