I’m sure you’ve often heard the saying, “one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.”
Ain’t that the truth. It always amazes me what some people can do with things we simply and carelessly throw out. I watched a documentary where this family built their whole house with things they found on the rubbish dump.
These are difficult times we live in now with the epidemic so many people have lost their jobs and don’t know what to do. I am always thinking how can we help some people? Then I heard Eddie Kampher from Angels Resource Centre, who is turning your rubbish into money in the Northern Cape. This has not been achieved without some challenges. How to collect enough? You need to collect 40 tons before you can take it to the recycling centres. Especially in rural towns it is more difficult to get started. The big players are in the cities. Transport eats into your profits so how to make it viable?
Many people do not feel confident about venturing out in business on their own. Many don’t have the resources or the knowledge. Where do I start? How do I get established? This is where Angels become their ‘guardian’ angel.
Angels started having a dream about recycling in 2017. Now it’s becoming a reality. They have enabled some people to collect your recycling but it needs to be transported. Angels have now acquired a truck and as soon as they can gather 40 tons it can be taken to the city for recycling. You might be thinking, “how can one person collect 40 tons, it’s impossible!” but it can be done by having multiple ‘gatherers’ who together, can achieve this.
This is where we can also help them by donating our plastics, cardboard, coke bottles, old spray cans, paper, magazines, newspapers, juice and milk cartons, glass bottles, jars and even your old broken tools. Clearing out your garage? What to do with those broken items? Eddie realised how easy it was to collect just 1kg or more just by clearing out his garage. He found he had old spray cans, a broken hammer, 2 old locks and some old keys. The list is endless, so before you send your items to landfill, let Angels come and pick them up. You’re not only saving the planet but helping to keep people employed. They have a saying if the plastic “speaks to you” it can be recycled.
Do you know your chip packets and sweet wrappers can be used to fill plastic coke bottles which are then used to make eco-bricks for building? If you want to help them you can fill these bottles yourself but make sure you push them into all the nooks and crannies so that it’s tight and firm like a brick. They even make furniture from these. Don’t forget about your soda tins as well.
In addition to this they even have a hydroponic project and maybe you can donate some plants or seeds?
So the next time you are about to throw something in the bin, please stop and think about what you are doing. Think, can this help to keep someone employed and put food on the table for their family.
Teach your children that when they walk out the door, the world is their garden so treat it with respect as you would your own. What you throw away often lands up in the ocean and kills fish, turtles and plankton. Plankton is the life blood of the ocean. If this dies, we kill our oceans. Start where you are. Their slogan is, “starts with each one, divert one” In other words it starts with you. It starts with me.
Recycling turns things into other things, like magic! Be part of the magic.