The Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa hosted a regional awards ceremony at Pesco Hall in Phoenix, last Friday.
The awards ceremony was held in honour of schools that participated in the 2018 Schools Recycling Programme.
With under 800 schools and a little over 700, 000 pupils in the whole country, the Schools Recycling Programme created 180 jobs over the past five years.
Seventy eight young people were employed as recycling representatives and 36 more as trained supporters.
Participating schools in the PINK (Phoenix, Inanda, Ntuzuma and Kwamashu) areas were awarded with money for the waste collected.
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Some of these schools won cash prizes which are for the improvement of the school’s facilities.
A total 97 schools and a little over 2300 pupils in the KwaZulu-Natal region collected 1000kg of waste.
“The waste collected is equivalent to the weight of 322 adult elephants and 186 buses full of people. KwaZulu-Natal has been well presented ever since the inception of the event. The top collecting School was also in KwaZulu-Natal, which doubled the target that was set for the year,” said Silindile Buthelezi, the Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa district manager.
Mr SSS Lushozi of the Department of Education congratulated all the schools that participated in the KwaZulu-Natal region and also boasted about how all the schools in his district performed well.
Various schools in the PINK areas performed songs and poems about recycling before the conclusion of the ceremony.