The aim of Litter4tokens campaign is to instill pride and put respect back into the community by encouraging hard work and in turn help feed and clothe by donations.
Clare Swithenbank-Bowman launched the Litter4tokens campaign at the Ithemba Labasha Community Centre in November 2015. just behind KwaMama in Shakashead.
Community members collect recyclable materials and are rewarded with tokens to exchange for goods from the token shop at Ithemba Labasha. Each bag of squashed recyclables brought into the centre on a Thursday gets one token. Dolphin Coast Waste Management collects the full bags on Fridays and the token shop is open on Saturday mornings. The token shop is stocked by the community as well as sponsors such as Olala Interiors, private donors, Dolphin Coast residents and parents from Ashton International College. The aim of the Litter4tokens campaign is to instill pride and put respect back into the community by encouraging hard work and in turn help feed and clothe families through donations.
This is proving to be a huge success for the local community as well as looking after the cleanliness of their community and the environment.
LITTER4TOKENS & PETCO SCHOOL CAMPAIGN CLEANUP
LITTER4TOKENS together with LIFESAVER was launched into 3 schools in Kwadukuza on 16th February 2017. This will not only empower our nation, but educate, feed and give drinkable clean water to our children as well as families.
The current schools are:
RA Padyachee, Shakashead –approx 550 kids
Ithemba Labasha, Shakashead – approx 150 kids
Maguyani Primary in Driefontein– approx. 600kids
Sizani – approx 300 kids
Ashton International College – approx. 900kids
RECYCLABLES WANTED – PET PLASTIC BOTTLES, PLASTIC MILK BOTTLES, CANS, TETRAPAK BOXES, CLEAN WHITE PAPER, NEWSPAPER OR MIXED PAPER AND CARDBOARD. ALL WASTE MUST BE SQAUSHED OR FLATTENED, RINSED OUT AND NOT WET.
The aim is to educate the children and parents of South Africa about the importance of caring for their environment as well as helping feed and water the families. PETCO and the Litter4tokens team visited the schools to inform all the children how they can pick up litter and sort into the bags supplied by PETCO.
The token shop at Ithemba Labasha Community Centre in Shakashead opens once a month and the collectors/children can redeem their tokens for dry goods, toiletries or clothes. The money from the litter collected by Dolphin Coast Waste Management is paid to Litter4tokens and used to pay volunteers, purchase more dry goods for the token shop, marketing or bags.
PETCO sponsored a LIFESAVER jerry can per school and signage for each school participating in this campaign and the clear bags used by the collectors. The LIFESAVER keeps plastic out of the environment by purchasing more plastic bottles but at the same time giving these schools clean drinkable water as it takes out 99% of all viruses and bacteria known to man.