ERP implements rural waste recycling as part of current initiatives in communities, to both protect the environment and provide income, and much needed employment opportunities.

The Nthsabeleng Waste Management Cooperative started the year on a positive note, having secured a new market where they can sell their PET bottles. In addition to this, the Cooperative received funding from PETCO, through the Coca Cola Coronavirus relief grant. The two month grant aimed to provide a cushion to the Cooperative’s operations, through providing operational expenditure relief. This was an incentive based fund, with the Cooperative’s waste collections over the past few months being used as a benchmark for both the initial and second tranche of funding, which came to an end at the end of March.

We express our sincere gratitude to PETCO, who have continued to support this Cooperative over the past 6 years. We salute these dedicated women on the work done under extremely difficult circumstances.

In recent months, the Cooperative’s ‘Food for Waste’ program also gained momentum, enabling the group to continue growing their own fresh vegetables as a way of boosting their nutrition. As the year draws to an end, we are pleased to advise that the Cooperative will kick start their organic waste initiative, which will allow them both utilize the waste in their garden, but also sell the waste at a profit.

We continue to commend the Cooperative for their continued tenacity and dedication towards providing their community a cleaner and more aesthetically pleasing environment.

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