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Collect-a-Can puts food on many tables

Collect-a-Can

A casual observer might underestimate the impact of the Collect-a-Can programme, but it is a source of income for tens of thousands of households in informal settlements. “It puts food on the table,” as the popular expression goes.

Over the past 22 years, Collect-a-Can has been working closely with informal collectors. The initiative encourages the public to collect as many cans as possible for recycling in exchange for cash. At its nearest branch, the informal collectors get the highest price per kilogram.

In a statement mailed to Transform SA Online, Zimasa Velaphi, public relations and marketing manager of Collect-a-Can, says: “We teach collectors that they can get better prices for aluminium cans than for steel cans. However, we also encourage them to collect steel cans to help boost their income, particularly if the cans are sorted and not rusted. We also encourage them to collect the whole can for recycling and teach them that we do not accept pull-rings.”

He adds that the ‘Cash for Cans’ initiative does not only benefit communities by providing them with an income, but it also contributes to a cleaner and greener environment.

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