Educating and employing people to collect recyclable waste
2021 SEED Low Carbon Award Waste Management Ballito, South Africa

Waste pickers and community schools collect recyclable waste from their community. They deposit their full bags of waste at L4T collection points and in exchange for each bag they receive a token. Tokens can be redeemed at the L4T kiosk and the recyclable waste and non-recyclable waste is sold to recycling plants and partners.

The token shop where tokens can be redeemed is stocked with clothes, food and household essentials, recently added is airtime and supported by donations, sponsors and fundraising initiatives. L4T centres also offer educational support for the community about the importance of recycling and protecting the environment.

Eco-inclusive Impacts

L4T offers a circular economy model and has created 300 jobs so far. There are 3 L4T centres opened that have received 528,000 bags of recycling waste, saving 2,000 bags of ocean bound litter per L4T kiosk. L4T creates infrastructure for waste management in the country and thereby also helps South Africa become a more circular economy.
  • Feeding over 140,000 people as a result of waste for tokens system
  • Providing employment to people from the local communities
  • Educating 1,000 people in the community: empowering people and families to care for the environment
  • Keeping 640,000 bags of recycling waste out of landfill and 2,000 bags of ocean bound litter at each L4T kiosk
  • Powering each L4T kiosk with solar energy


  • Creating 4,000 jobs created
  • Opening three L4T centres (KwaDukuza, Estcourt and Mpumulanga) with job opportunities
  • Building infrastructure for waste management, contributing to a more circular economy



This enterprise is supported through its partnerships with various stakeholders, ranging from national and international organisations, investors, research institutes, suppliers, governmental bodies, NGOs, other social and environmental enterprises and more.

Seahugger is a USA based NGO funding 2 L4T kiosks who also sell branded and Litter4tokens Mermaid Tear catchers.

CRDC (convert to Resin8 – cement and bricks), Re-Purpose & Greenable source waste from L4T and convert them into other products to sell into the market. 

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