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A living can be earned by selling recyclable waste products to the Reashoma Buy-back Centre. In turn, the environment will benefit, with less waste going to landfills.
RESIDENTS of Naledi Extension 2 in Soweto will now be able to sell recyclable material on their doorstep, following the opening of a new buy-back facility.


Ready for use: the new buy-back centre in NalediReady for use: the new buy-back centre in NalediThe City-owned Reashoma Buy-back Centre opened on Wednesday, 4 May. On hand was Matshidiso Mfikoe, the member of the mayoral committee for environment,who said the centre would act as a catalyst in keeping a clean, green and healthy Soweto.

“The buy-back centre will assist over 100 beneficiaries to sell their recyclables to the centre and generate an income.”

People could earn cash by selling recyclable materials for cash, according to Mfikoe.“The centre will target the collection of recyclables such as glass, paper, plastics and scrap metals.”

Reashoma Buy-back is the first suchcentre to be opened in the area, and is conveniently based near many homes.

The centre’s representative, Innocent Mabula, said the project was aimed at implementing a waste management system that contributed to sustainable development.

“The opening of this new facility is an important step forward in recycling efforts,” said Mabula, adding that Johannesburg was facing a crisis in disposing waste as space diminished every day.

Schools get rewarded for preserving the environmentSchools get rewarded for preserving the environmentKhosi Baker, the City’s director of waste management and regulation, said the City’s goal was to cut waste that is disposed at landfills to 20 percent by 2015. “I hope that the community will utilise the centre and create more jobs.”

Sizakele Khanyi, a local beauty queen, urged the community to make good use of the buy-back centre forrecycling waste. “We are now equipped to protect our environment better,” she said. “Let’s make it our culture to keep our environment clean for the next generation.”

At the opening, Mfikoe also presented prizes to schools that participated in the Bontle ke Botho competition.

The competition is facilitated by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry in Gauteng to encourage schools, wards and local municipalities to protect their environment.

Those that received prizes included Rebonwe, Tshedimosho and Nandi primary schools, and Ikaneng Combined School.

The Reashoma Buy-back Centre is located at 7118 Isigedla Road, Naledi Extension 2.

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