The Glass Recycling Company (TGRC) is inviting schools to enter their Annual Glass Recycling Schools’ Competition. Learners and parents are encouraged to ask their schools to participate in this competition and do their part in reducing their carbon footprint. Schools can apply to enter throughout the year. The goal of this competition is for schools in the Gauteng, greater Durban and Pietermaritzburg region, Western Cape Peninsula and Eastern Cape to collect as many glass bottles and jars as possible. The schools that collect the highest tonnage of glass in each of the regions will win monthly prizes of up to R1 500 and stand in line to win annual cash prizes of up to R30 000 for their schools. In addition, TGRC has implemented monthly donations to incentivise schools to increase their monthly collection of glass for recycling.
Schools that wish to participate will need to request a TGRC glass bank for the property; this will be where they will be able to deposit their glass bottles and jars for recycling. TGRC conduct a site evaluation to see if the school is eligible for a glass bank. The criteria for hosting a glass bank are a suitable site for the bank, with a local entrepreneur who is able to collect the glass. The presence of a glass bank also encourages local residents to engage in recycling behaviour by separating their recyclable glass.
In hosting this competition TGRC seeks to create awareness around glass recycling as well as educate learners about the simple ways they can preserve our environment. Instilling this important knowledge in South Africa’s next generation will see the country’s young minds engaging in sustainable solutions. With this information learners will also be able to influence behavioural change within their own school, community and family environments.
“This is one competition not to miss out on, TGRC looks forward to seeing large volumes of glass being collected by the schools to be recycled, and in the process generating additional awareness about protecting our environment” says Shabeer Jhetam, CEO of TGRC.
Last year the contributing schools collected a total of approximately 1 539 102 bottles and jars! By recycling this amount of bottles enough energy is saved to operate a computer constantly for 58 years, 6 months and 27 days; or a TV for nearly 39 years and 18 days. This is a phenomenal effort made by the participating schools. “The objective of the competition is to educate learners about the many benefits of glass recycling and the ease with which it can be done,” concluded Jhetam.
To enter and for more information and T’s & C’s about the 2022 competition, visit www.tgrc.co.za Engage with TGRC via Social Media – on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/TheGlassRecyclingCo and on Twitter @TGRC