Spring Has Sprung September Newsletter!
On Friday, 7 September, our Proudly Ciba staff took part in Casual Day! Casual Day celebrates people with disabilities and also gives us a chance to raise funds for them. Our Cape Town branch supports the Robinhill School for children with disabilities and funds raised on the day went to the school. Thanks so very much to our fantastic staff who made a huge effort to dress up and make it a day to remember!
We’d like to wish all our staff and clients a HAPPY HERITAGE DAY which was celebrated last Monday! On this day, South Africans across the spectrum are encouraged to celebrate their culture and the diversity of their beliefs and traditions, in the wider context of a nation that belongs to all its people and includes the whole nation. We love the diversity of our staff who represent our beautiful rainbow nation so well!
On the 15th of September, people across the globe took a stand against litter and they cleaned up! The day marked the FIRST EVER ‘World Clean-Up Day’ and the Proudly Ciba team were very excited to be a part of Plastics South Africa who supported the the ‘Let’s Do It – South Africa’ clean up that took place throughout South Africa & across the world! We hope to be a part of this incredible initiative for many, many years to come!
In an effort to reduce packaging waste, Woolworths is piloting an integrated reverse vending machine in its flagship green store, in Palmyra, Claremont. Takeaway paper coffee cups with barcodes, glass & tin containers, Tetrapak packaging, & plastic bottles & containers up to the 2.25L size are all accepted by the machine for recycling.
The vending machine, which identifies recyclability by scanning product bar codes, was tested out first over a 6-month period at Woolworths’ head office in Cape Town. Employees’ recycling efforts helped refine & expand the database & the user experience of the smart machine to amass a database of recyclable packaging barcodes that includes both Woolies products & other popular brands sold elsewhere.
The trial follows the retailer’s announcement in June to achieve zero packaging waste to landfill by 2022. “It might seem like a fun innovation because it’s so smart, but this is actually an important trial,” says Feroz Koor, the Woolworths Holdings Group Head of Sustainability. “Packaging plays a vital role in protecting products. The effort to reduce pollution is not just about finding the ways to minimise packaging in a responsible way; it is also about supporting consumers’ in their efforts to recycle, which in turn, boosts the country’s recycling industry.”
How it works:
Recycling vending machines are increasingly common internationally where consumers participate actively in daily environmentally-friendly practices. To participate in the waste reduction process, consumers log in as a user of the recycling vending machine via their mobile phones & deposit their clean, barcoded recyclable items.
As part of the scanning & sorting of recyclable items, the user immediately receives a SMS confirmation of their deposit & a congratulations on being an eco-warrior. A local recycler is alerted when the machine is reaching its capacity to collect the materials.
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