Dignity in recycling
Michael’s winning letter (YOU Say, 7 September) is heartbreaking. Poverty is rife in this country. My dealings with recyclers has become close and personal. I feel humble in their presence. They work long hours for a pittance in return. They never ask for anything.
The expression of gratitude on their faces when given a parcel of food is so heartwarming. I for one will continue to dispose of all my household garbage in suitable bins. I hope by doing so I’ll be helping someone out there to put food on the table for their family. IVONE , EMAIL
Michael, what an inspiring letter! Not only are you making every attempt at an honest day’s work, looking after your family as best you can – you’re also looking after Mother Earth. Well done!
There are of course those “collectors” who disregard the rules of the road as well as the rules of littering when sifting through their collections – perhaps you and those like you could educate them! Hold your head high! CHERYL JEAREY, EMAIL
Michael, you really touched my heart. While I’m never disrespectful to “garbage collectors”, I didn’t realise that they could earn a living by selling to recyclers.
In my mind it was more rummaging for their own use. In future I’ll put it in a bag at the top of my rubbish bin. Michael, I admire your spirit. DORIS, EMAIL
I see so much hope, pride and tenacity in your words, Michael. I apologise if I’ve ever sneered at you or people in your position. I salute you. WILMA LANGSON, EMAIL
I’m one of those people who keep the plastic in a separate bag next to my bin. Glad to hear it will help. Keep doing what you’re doing, Michael. We need more hard-working and honest people like you. WELLWISHER, EMAIL
Michael, you’re an inspiration. I wish more people would assist your efforts by separating their waste. Thank you for helping to save our planet. THANKFUL, EMAIL
Michael, I don’t see you as dirty or scruffy. I worry about the distance you pull your trailer in all types of weather and the impatience of drivers. You’re admired.
It’s so easy to do and I hope more readers will realise how men like you earn an income while making our world a safer and cleaner place. MARGARET, EMAIL
Michael, I admire you and your colleagues immensely. I challenge every corporate in South Africa to sponsor each one of you with reflective jackets and roadworthy trolleys. What an amazing sight it would be to see their logos all across our country, and with this free advertising they could give you commission. I just wish there was a guide for what it is you collect to recycle.
I pray you get a permanent job soon. Keep your head up and stay proud. JOY KRIEL, WITPOORTJIE, GAUTENG
Well done, Michael, on both your winning letter and your work ethic. I agree that we should all separate our waste. Thank you for helping to keep our beautiful country clean. PAT, PORT ELIZABETH