Help stu­dents earn with eco­bricks

Talk of the Town - - Opinion - CLARE ROTHWELL, Bathurst

I HAVE been in­ter­ested to see two ar­ti­cles about eco­bricks in Talk of the Town re­cently.

I am the arts and crafts trainer at Enkut­hazweni Spe­cial Needs School and Train­ing Cen­tre in Ne­mato, where some stu­dents have al­ready made eco­bricks.

It has been great to see the younger stu­dents be­ing quite com­pet­i­tive about mak­ing them.

They have also been out to col­lect plas­tic waste dis­carded near some of the shops in Ne­mato.

We have started to make multi-pur­pose stools/cof­fee ta­bles from eco­bricks, re­cy­cled news­pa­per and card­board as part of our skills de­vel­op­ment and in­come-gen­er­at­ing ini­tia­tives. The staff of Enkut­hazweni would like to en­cour­age the stu­dents in their work by giv­ing them eco­bricks equal to the num­ber they make them­selves.

Our first stools will con­tain some eco­bricks made by stu­dents at El Shad­dai Chris­tian Academy.

The ecos­tools are about 40cm high and 34cm wide. They can hold up to 70kg, ac­cord­ing to a lo­cal en­gi­neer who tested one re­cently by sit­ting and stand­ing on it.

Read­ers who would like to help Enkut­hazweni stu­dents earn an in­come and help save the en­vi­ron­ment, can drop off eco­bricks and large cor­ru­gated card­board boxes at the As­sump­tion Con­vent, Cax­ton Lane, Port Al­fred.

If you would like to make eco­bricks, here are some sug­ges­tions of what to put in them, and what to do with re­cy­clables that should go else­where:

Fill­ing for eco­bricks (not eas­ily re­cy­clable): Chip pack­ets and choco­late wrap­pers, bub­ble packs from pills, cling­wrap, in­stant soup pack­ets, poly­styrene trays.

Can be re­cy­cled by IWARS (op­po­site FNB in Port Al­fred): Plas­tic bags, plas­tic bot­tles, plas­tic fruit and veg­etable trays, glass, metal (in­clud­ing alu­minium trays), card­board.

PUT TO GOOD USE: Stu­dents of Enkut­hazweni Spe­cial Needs School are us­ing eco­bricks (plas­tic cooldrink bot­tles filled with plas­tic waste) as filler for multi-pur­pose stools and cof­fee ta­bles

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