Ithuseng Community Recycling Project empowers poor community

A community recycling project, Wattville Ithuseng Recycling Co-op Ltd is changing lives, restoring hope and dignity in the poor community of Wattville- Ekurhuleni by turning waste into beautiful artwork, collecting and recycling waste to eradicate illegal dumping and raising awareness against irresponsible waste disposal to change behaviours and attitudes towards our natural environment thereby bringing about social change and economic development in the community.

The project is owned and managed by the community with not many resources at their disposal and meeting with obstacles along the way was inevitable but not enough to deter this united community from their commitment to their goal and determination to succeed.

Wattville Ithuseng Recycling Co-op Ltd recognizes the connection between environmental and social problems and wanted to make a difference to improve the state of their environment as well as to improve the quality of life for the community’s people.

The project started as a community clean-up and anti-litter campaign in 2012 but ended up becoming a socially uplifting community programme that is creating 250 jobs and indirectly benefiting their families. The community runs a food for waste programme which some of the local NGOs working in the following sectors, child protection, social development , HIV/AIDS, disability, the clothing bank distributes 2nd hand clothing to the needy, the community food gardens for food security to address issues of nutrition, poverty and encourage adherence to any medical particularly HIV/AIDS which is more prevalent in the community and for general health and well being, the job centre assists more than 100 youth to access skills training and to find jobs and turning ECD centres into environmentally friendly centres where children can learn at an early age about the important of nature conservation for their survival.

Today, many single parents can fund their children’s education and put food on the table and own a recycling business. Informal recyclers earn between R50 – R300 per day for their waste.

The community wants to open a waste buy back centre to create more jobs for the community hence we would like to invite support or assistance from the government departments and business community and has been knocking on doors but no actual help forthcoming. We welcome partnership / BEE proposal that will be in the best interest of the community.

The programme is changing lives and restoring hope and dignity to the disadvantaged community.

The project has created 250 jobs for previously unemployed and disadvantaged individuals including the youth and people with disabilities, indirectly benefiting their dependants and families and through its other economic and social development programmes, is making a difference in the lives of more than a thousand other people.

To create more jobs to eradicate poverty, the community is seeking support and assistance to build a community waste buy-back centre in the community.

The community is working together to find ways to improve the quality of life for its people.

Author: PR Officer

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