Recycling hub for the city

15 February 2018 | Local News

Windhoek recently received a recycling plant at a central point to help residents recycle responsibly.

A variety of recyclable items can now be disposed of at the Dagbreek School.

The point was already opened last year after the school won the Recycle Namibia Forum's (RNF) annual schools recycling competition.

The learners are avid recyclers and they entered the competition to help keep their school and community clean. They also implemented various clean-up programmes over the years to further emphasise the importance of recycling.

“The school aims to be an example and to involve the entire public in eco-friendly activities that can benefit our country,” said Dagbreek's principal, Paul du Plessis.

Recyclable items such as paper, plastic, glass and cans can be dropped off at the point. The school also offers an e-waste drop off point where household batteries can be left.

In the mean time RNF is also working on a project to set up a collection point for fluorescent light bulbs which will be implemented later this year.

RNF coordinator Anita Witt said that the learners, teachers and principal have displayed enthusiasm and commitment to recycling.

“The school and its learners are very involved and are supported in their local communities through regular clean-ups hosted in the suburbs surrounding the school,” Witt said. “It has also become evident that residents of Windhoek are keen to do the right thing. Thus, offering a one-stop solution for a variety of items at Dagbreek School is good news for residents in the Klein Windhoek, Avis and Ludwigsdorf areas.”

Scrap Salvage Namibia will assist the school with their Go Green projects and to help Namibia become a cleaner country.

“We have committed to assisting Dagbreek with their Go Green policies, by donating a skip to the school. All proceeds of the e-waste will be donated back to the school,” said Philip Barnard, finanancial manager of Scrap Salvage Namibia.

The household battery collection bin was sponsored by Varta Consumer Batteries Namibia.

Harald Bartsch of Varta said that the school was their strategic partner and that is why they placed their bin there.

Estelle Hein, the public participation officer at the solid waste division of the City of Windhoek, said that the recycling point will benefit residents.

“We are working towards zero waste landfill, thus providing an opportunity to responsibly dispose of products which may be harmful to the environment,” said ­Hein.

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