Inspiration comes in many forms shapes and sizes, and for these guys rubbish was the inspiration behind a very successful project. These guys realised a community need and solved the problem through their project called Trash Back: Rewards for Rubbish.

Trash Back developed a recycling depot in Imizamo Yethu (Nelson Mandella Park), Hout Bay. The lack of service delivery played a major role in the birth of the project as there are 22 rubbish containers for the community of Imizamo Yethu, however once they are full and not collected the rubbish spills over into the streets. Now the community collects the rubbish, categorises it and they are rewarded for delivering it to the Trash Back depot.

In the eyes of the founders of Trash Back, rubbish is a commodity and this opened a gap to use it as an initiative to “clean-up” the community, educate about our environment and trade the Settlements valuable trash for goods such as food and clothing.

“Its not rubbish, they’re recyclable and they can be reused and they have value. A big part of our project is to change the communities perspective, that there is value in waste and in recycling.”

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  1. Conference venues Muldersdrift says:

    Well done Imizamo Yethu.  We should all take a leaf out of your book and start our own community projects like this to take service delivery into our own hands.

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