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“Talking Trash”

We love the term “throwaway” but there is NO AWAY. Almost everything you have ever thrown away, still exists on this planet. Cities worldwide generate 1,3 billion tons of solid waste (equal the weight of the Great Pyramid of Giza), which is predicted to reach 3,4 billion tons by 2050. Refuse causes CO² emissions, which is a key contributor to climate change!

Waste is a complicated challenge, which starts in your house with your garbage bin (or trash can). It can cause guilt OR you can use it as an opportunity.  Small changes in a household routine can make a remarkable difference.  

How do you start?

  • Less IS more: Choose items with less packaging, and bring your own grocery bags!
  • Buy ‘experience’ or craft gifts instead of toys for children – bake cookies, mix finger paints or water games.
  • Take your friends for coffee or lunch and rather spend quality time with them.
  • Separate plastic and tin in different bags and set outside for waste pickers.  
  • Inspect the inside of your garbage can.  Once you see what you are disposing, you can set realistic aagoals on what to change.
  • Start composting or build a worm box.
  • Make eco-bricks with non-recyclable materials.

We as consumers have so much power within our grasp; the time to make a change is now!
The Department of Sustainable Food Systems and Development accepts recyclable materials and finished eco-bricks for various ongoing projects. Become part of the recycling community in Bloemfontein, do your part in saving our world. 

All eco-bricks are used to build a workshop for a empowerment programme in the community. In addition, all recyclable materials are channeled to a school for disabilities. The school recycles the material and all income generated from this project goes towards providing food and stationary for the scholars.

For more information concerning recycling and eco-bricks contact Carien Vorster or Natasha Cronjé


Elfrieda van den Berg (Marketing Manager)
T: +27 51 401 2531


Dilahlwane Mohono (Faculty Officer)
T: +27 58 718 5284

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