During the July holidays, on Nelson Mandela Day, several Jeppe boys sorted, packed and delivered 30 large garden refuse bags full of plastic bottle caps to the Elandsvallei Old Age Home in Primrose.
The boys on Theo Jackson scholarships, staff, family friends and the community had been involved in collecting the bottle caps for this worthwhile project for quite a while.
The bottle caps are made of a polymer known as high density polyethylene – a popular plastic which is light, flexible and strong. These properties make this type of plastic very useful to the manufacture of various plastic products and, therefore, valuable for recycling.
The bottle caps delivered to Elandsvallei Old Age Home will be recycled by Interwaste, a recycling company which donates a wheelchair for every 450 kg of bottle caps collected.
The Elandsvallei home needs wheelchairs for some of its residents who are too frail to walk, even with a walker. Some residents who need wheelchairs cannot afford them, so the initiative taken by Interwaste and the effort in collecting many thousands of bottle caps by the Jeppe community was very worthwhile.
We are very grateful to everyone involved in this wonderful project.