Dig­nity in re­cy­cling

YOU (South Africa) - - SAY -

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

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