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Durban schools – ready, set, RECYCLE!

The Glass Recycling Company (TGRC) has kicked off 2017 the green way by launching this year’s Annual Glass Recycling Schools Competition. TGRC invite you and your school to get involved and make a difference to the environment! Learners, teachers and parents are encouraged to participate and do their part in reducing their carbon footprint, while standing a chance of winning great cash prizes.

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Challenge the schools in your area and see who can collect the most glass during this year!

According to TGRC’s CEO Shabeer Jhetam, “Schools wishing to participate will need to request a glass bank for their school; this will be where the community will be able to deposit their glass bottles and jars for recycling. The presence of a glass bank encourages parents, learners, teachers and local residents to engage in responsible recycling behaviour by separating their recyclables.”

Instilling important knowledge about green behaviours in South Africa’s next generation will see the country’s young minds engaging in sustainable solutions. In addition to a glass bank, TGRC will supply curriculum compliant material to enable teachers to facilitate a holistic view of the glass recycling process for their students.

“We are committed to bringing a greener, cleaner country to the next generation, and our aim is to educate and encourage young consumers to ‘recover, reuse and recycle’, as well as to emphasise how glass recycling positively impacts the environment with minimal effort,” continued Jhetam.

The goal of this competition is for schools in Gauteng, Western Cape, Durban and Pietermaritzburg to collect the most glass bottles and jars for recycling. This year East London and Port Elizabeth have also been added as regions that can take part in the competition. Eastern Cape schools in these towns can also join in to recycle as much glass as possible. The schools that collect the highest tonnage of glass in each of the specified regions will win monthly prizes of up to R1 500 and annual cash prizes of up to R30 000 for their schools.

The competition commenced in February and will close in October 2017, so don’t waste time in getting your school participating! Schools can still enter throughout the year, as they will be in line to win monthly cash prizes as well.

“TGRC is excited to be running the Annual Glass Recycling Schools Competition again this year. It is so important for the youth of today to know the difference they will be making by recycling their glass and the benefits this will have for the environment. This is a fun and interactive competition for schools and learners and we hope everyone will get involved in 2017,” said Jhetam.

Last year the contributing schools collected a total of approximately 1.7 million bottles and jars! By recycling this amount of bottles enough energy is saved to operate a computer constantly for over 12 years, and operate a TV for 8 years! This is a phenomenal effort made by the participating schools.

To enter and for more information regarding the rules and 2017 competition, visit

or contact Thandi Sibanya on 011 463 5644 or

Engage with TGRC via Social Media on

Twitter @TGRC or via our Facebook page:

Please note: TGRC will 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 with a local entrepreneur who can service and collect the glass.

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