Pretoria Zoo recycling project creates jobs
The City of Tshwane in partnership with the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa and PET Recycling Company (PETCO) launched a recycling project during the month of August, aimed at creating jobs and addressing the problem of litter being left at the zoo by visitors.
The pilot project will be operated by the Umkariso Women in Water cooperative. The cooperative was formed in 2014 by dedicated women of Mamelodi who have taken it upon themselves to clean up polluted streams in their area.
The zoo has trained and appointed five previously unemployed Tshwane residents for the project. The project forms part of the zoo’s environmental management plan and recycling is just one area in which they are committed to expanding the green footprint.
In implementing the waste hierarchy of reduce, re-use and recycle, we are also waging a war on littering, which is the reason for the City’s clean-up programme called Tswelopele. The latter programme is aimed at intensifying the cleaning up of the inner city with a particular focus on removing drugs from our streets, particularly those drugs often found in abandoned buildings.
The City therefore encourages all residents to take action to keep Tshwane clean at all times.