Pupils in Gauteng convert waste into cash rewards for their schools

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The Glass Recycling Company (TGRC) has announced the 2019 winners of its Annual Schools Competition. Laerskool Anton Van Wouw in Gauteng came up tops and landed a prize of R30 000 in recognition of their position as Gauteng’s regional winner. The school managed to collect a whopping 28.9 tons of glass bottles and jars, which is over 86 000 glass bottles, during 2019.

The 2019 competition saw schools compete across Gauteng, the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Durban as well as Pietermaritzburg. The three top-performing schools were selected in each participating region and received R30 000 (first prize for regional winner), R20 000 (regional runner-up) and R10 000 (regional third prize). Throughout the competition, there were also monthly prizes awarded to the top performing schools per region, which managed to collect the most glass per month.

Schools within each of these areas were invited to apply for the placement of glass banks. Apart from placing glass banks at the schools, TGRC also supplied curriculum compliant material to empower educators to facilitate a holistic view of the glass recycling process.

“Besides enabling the schools to play a pivotal role in reducing pollution within each participating province, this competition also assists in fostering entrepreneurship amongst the youth, imparting valuable skills that will help them during the next phase of their educational journey, as well as when they enter the job market,” said Shabeer Jhetam, CEO of The Glass Recycling Company.

Gauteng saw Laerskool Anton Van Wouw taking first place in the region, with St. Paulus Pre-and Primary School coming in second and Kiddies Academy Lynnwood taking third place. Altogether the three winning schools in Gauteng collected around 60 tons of glass – the equivalent of 180 000 glass bottles or 9 fully grown African elephants! By recycling these glass bottles and containers, these three schools have saved enough energy to light a compact florescent lightbulb for 2 years and 10 months or power a computer for 1 month and 17 days. This is a phenomenal effort towards a greener South Africa!

“TGRC remains dedicated to school recycling programmes because it is the perfect platform for instilling these beliefs in the next generation of business and societal leaders, helping them gain a sense of accountability, ownership and pride, while fostering a respect for nature and highlighting the importance of recycling for the youth,” concludes Jhetam.



Kloof Senior Primary School – 1st place

Isnembe Secondary School – 2nd place

Mthombeni Primary School – 3rd place


Laerskool Anton Van Wouw – 1st place

St. Paulus Pre-and Primary School – 2nd place

Kiddies Academy Lynnwood -3rd place


Bergvliet Primary School – 1st place (National Winner)

Kenridge Primary School – 2nd place

Bay Primary School – 3rd place

EASTERN CAPE (East London & Port Elizabeth)

Westering Primary School – 1st place

Herbert Hurd Primary School – 2nd place

Laerskool Nahoon – 3rd place



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