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P.E.A.C.E.-Thinana Recycling Cooperative

P.E.A.C.E.-Thinana Recycling Cooperative

P.E.A.C.E.-Thinana Recycling Cooperative showcases a model for waste recycling in spread-out rural and semi-urban areas of South Africa. Waste is collected by participants in the recycling network with non-motorised trolleys and donkey carts, dropped off at collection points, and processed for sale at a purchasing centre. The initiative is creating employment while reducing landfill and waste burning, and educating communities on recycling. 

The enterprise trains staff and community members on waste collection and recycling. Through its purchasing scheme, it pays fulltime, contracted collectors and casual community collectors for waste collected from dumpsites and shopping centres. From its collection points, the waste is transported to its purchasing centre where it is sorted, weighed and baled for sale.

To meet the challenge of generating adequate waste volumes in rural recycling, the enterprise’s waste collectors use non-motorised trolleys and donkey carts, with animal care training provided to donkey owners. 

The community is provided with permanent and casual jobs, with women occupying nine of the 13 jobs at the centre. A permaculture garden and student engagement programme serve to educate the community on environmental issues.

  • Invest in extensive media campaigns, brochure distribution and/or school workshops to encourage local schools to start selling waste to the centre - either as individual pupils, as classes or as institutions.
  • Expand the geographic sphere of waste collection beyond Senwabarwana village, and incorporate other nodal points within the municipality including mobilising waste collectors in the neighbouring small towns of Alldays, Mogkadi, Manthata and Eldorado settlements.
  • Provide collectors from surrounding smaller villages with bulk collection bags and storage containers, mobilise more donkey owners to get involved in waste collection, and acquire more waste trolleys to expand the collection network.
  • Negotiate municipal contracts as part of the Municipality's Integrated Development Plan, and work to replicate the model in other surrounding municipal regions, potentially covering the entire Capricorn District.

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