Bronwen and Ronelle holding the cheque of R5000 presented to Thrive by Bay Harbour Market (BHM). Through Thrive’s inspiration and support, BHM  achieve their place as  finalists in the Eco Logic Awards 2014 for minimising  waste to landfill and turning waste into compost, money and jobs.

 
Trevor Carroll hands over a certificate from Mayor Helen Zille to the 3R's team in 2009 for their hard work.
 
COMMUNITY WASTE PROJECTS
 
 
Rethink the Bag Campaign
 
The objective of the Rethink the Bag campaign is to ban the plastic bag in South Africa. Consumers in this country use approximately 8 billion plastic bags every year. 96% of these bags end up in landfill where they can last up to 1000 years and most of the balance is lost to the environment where they have devastating effects on all of life. We need to tackle the litter problem in our country and refusing the plastic shopping bag is an easy way to get this process rolling.
 
Banning the plastic bag in South Africa could be a powerful education tool for becoming more aware of our excessive plastic consumption in general.
 
Preparations for International Pastic bag Free Day on the 3 July 2014 are being made…watch this space.
 

Hout Bay Recycling Cooperative (HBR)
 
Hout Bay Recycling Cooperative (HBR) initiated by the 3R’s now Thrive, have been operating at the Waste Drop Off since 2008. Their eight previously unemployed members, who live in Imizamo Yethu, sort the recyclable waste dropped off at the depot by the public. In partnership with Thrive, HBR has embarked on several initiatives to encourage their community to recycle. Through a partnership with TrashBack in 2011, IY community members exchanged recycling for vouchers. The exchange system has now been replaced with a buy back system.
Through the mentorship of Thrive, HBR has won several awards over the years and is seen to be one of the most successful recycling cooperatives in the Cape.
 
Hangberg Herwin (HH) have initiated a recycling programme in the Hangberg (the other less advantaged community in Hout Bay). Their pilot project is at the Bay Harbour Market where they aim to be a zero waste market by Sept 2014 and are using the Bokashi method to treat food waste to reduce the production of landfill waste.
 
With the support of Thrive, HH is setting up a recycling enterprize in 2014 and is aiming for Hangberg to become a zero waste community by 2016. They want to model the idea, “ In nature there is no waste” by using the Bokashi solution for food waste. The Bokashi treated waste will then fertilize the soil for the growing of vegetables at local schools.
 
Some of Thrive’s key members have been instrumental in a local recycling movement called Zero Waste.
 
As a first step to a Zero Waste community – Hout Bay’s goal is to not throw recyclable waste to landfill and recycle it instead. We are using the approach each one teach one to achieve this goal.
 
We are a volunteer group of environmental activists. Our focus is the encouragement of waste reduction and wise waste management. In our own lives we aim to live more sustainably by practicing the 3 R’s – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. We invite all Hout Bay residents to practice the 3Rs, to join in any of our zero waste ventures, to create your own waste reduction projects, to offer your gifts to serve both the environment and community, as well as, to enjoy the fruits of your generosity. All those who practice aspects of the 3Rs is are automatically members... it is a way of life
 
To find out more about this waste management and community empowerment program in Hout Bay view the Zero Waste website below.
 
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Some of Thrive’s key members have been instrumental in a local recycling project called Zero Waste.
 
As a first step to a Zero Waste community – Hout Bay’s goal is to not throw recyclable waste to landfill and recycle it instead. We are using the approach each one teach one to achieve this goal.
 
We are a volunteer group of environmental activists. Our focus is the encouragement of waste reduction and wise waste management. In our own lives we aim to live more sustainably by practicing the 3 R’s – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. We invite all Hout Bay residents to practice the 3Rs, to join in any of our zero waste ventures, to create your own waste reduction projects, to offer your gifts to serve both the environment and community, as well as, to enjoy the fruits of your generosity. All those who practice aspects of the 3Rs is are automatically members... it is a way of life

To find out more about this waste management and community empowerment program in Hout Bay view the Zero Waste website below.
Schools eco project
Community waste projects
Grannies grow local project
Peoples Potato Project (PPP)




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