Ronnie Recycler delivers special treat to children at Troyeville Primary School
- Published on Thursday, 28 September 2017 07:01
Children at Troyeville Primary School were delighted when Ronnie Recycler from Mpact Recycling visited them to give a talk about the importance of recycling and how the collection of recyclables can help their school raise funds.
In the spirit of Mandela Month, Mpact Recycling partnered with Chicken Xpress to treat children, teachers and volunteers to 1,000 meals sponsored by the food outlet.
Mpact Recycling communications manager, Donna Noble, says Ronnie Recycler visits numerous schools throughout South Africa to spread the recycling message. “We chose Troyeville Primary School specifically because we wanted to brighten the lives of children in one of Johannesburg’s disadvantaged areas.”
“Visiting school’s such as Troyeville forms part of our Schools’ Recycling Programme. Troyeville Primary has been recycling with us since 2013 and is part of, a Corporate Social Investment (CSI) initiative that teaches children the importance of protecting their planet and highlights the role they can play, individually or as a team, by understanding recycling and waste separation.”
The initiative was developed by keeping children’s natures in mind and the programme was built on the principle: “Tell me and I’ll forget, show me and I may not remember, involve me and I’ll understand.”
Noble says Troyeville Primary School is actively involved in recycling, with the learners bringing paper, cardboard boxes, milk and juice cartons from home to support its paper bank initiative. “In addition, the school principal is supportive of initiatives such as these, as are the teachers, and they have established a vegetable garden and a feeding scheme at the school. For some learners, it’s their only meal for the day.”
Notably, the school has enlisted the services of parents who cannot pay the school fees to assist with the various projects the school runs and it has organised social workers to help learners with issues such as abuse.
Delon Biton, marketing manager for Chicken Xpress says the company’s goal is to become the ‘peoples champion’ in each new community it enters. “Initiatives such as these are our way of making a difference in the communities we operate in and showing them how much we care.”
Noble says Mpact is serious about its CSI initiatives. “Children and schools are high on our CSI agenda. They are, after all, the future of South Africa and need to be equipped with the knowledge and tools they need to become active participants in our economy.”Ends
Mpact is one of the leading paper and plastics packaging businesses in southern Africa, listed on the JSE’s Main Board in the Industrial - Paper and Packaging sector. The Group has leading market positions in southern Africa in recovered paper collection, corrugated packaging, recycled-based cartonboard and containerboard, polyethylene-terephthalate (“PET”) preforms, recycled PET (“rPET”), styrene trays and plastic jumbo bins. These leading market positions allow Mpact to meet the increasing requirements of its customers and achieve economies of scale and cost effectiveness at the various operations.
Mpact has 42 operating sites, of which 21 are manufacturing operations, in South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique and Botswana. Sales in South Africa account for approximately 90% of Mpact’s total revenue for the current year while the balance was predominantly to customers in the rest of Africa.
As at 31 December 2016, Mpact employed 4,998 people. (December 2015: 4,467 people)