Miss Earth SA Nozipho Magagula recently learned how waste was recycled in an effort to change people’s perception of waste.
Magagula said spending some time at the Bon Accord-based waste plant taught her that over 26kg of waste was produced by a single person a month.
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What surprised her more was how this waste was used after it was collected.
“By meeting a group of women who worked on recycling waste, I became aware how the waste gets distributed and how this leads to the creation of jobs.”
Magagula also met The Waste Group, which employs over 1 000 people and collects waste from Gauteng North, North West and Limpopo.
“The company is passionate about the environment and it is evident in the compassionate and dedicated employees.”
Magagula described her experience at the plant as humbling and educational.
“I worked at the recycling section of the plant. The ladies I worked with were professional, extremely friendly and filled with knowledge,” she said.
“They taught me how they got through the 22 000 tons of waste the company received per month and how they separated the recyclable waste from non-recyclable waste.”
Magagula said the waste was placed on a conveyor belt and passed 70 employees, who sorted through it quickly.
“The workers separate different types of plastic, tin and paper into different bins and shoots,” she said.
Spending time at the landfill and waste separation area was inspiring.
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“Not only do I know how to talk the talk but I have walked the walked too. Volunteering at the source was undeniably worth it.”
Magagula encouraged people to make learn about the social and economic effect recycling had on them.
“I encourage the beautiful green leaders to spend a day getting their hands dirty and volunteering at the source. It will be worth your while.”
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