PETCO partners in the inaugural Fish Hoek Community Recycling Expo

PETCO partners in the inaugural Fish Hoek Community Recycling Expo
09 May 2017

PETCO partners in the inaugural Fish Hoek Community Recycling Expo

Recently, the community of Fish Hoek held a Recycling Expo, which – with over 300 attendees – proved quite successful. Here’s a little more on what went down …

On Saturday 22 April, the Fish Hoek town hall was a bustling hub, with exhibits from 16 recyclers and composters, including the Green Guerrillas, art from waste crafters, False Bay Primary who make eco-bricks for a building project, Breadtags for Wheelchairs, Greenlite who make light weight, insulating building blocks by adding post-consumer waste to cement, and many more.

Almost 100 attendees participated in the fun activities available by contributing a unique recycling tip for the Tree of Life, and the team of volunteers who organised the Expo are now actioning these recycling tips. Furthermore, the organising team is are setting up a Waste Reduction Far South Facebook page to provide local information on what / where and how to recycle locally.

Attendees were grouped into teams and competed against each other in a Trash Dash competition where they had 30 seconds to ID and select recyclables which they placed in a recycling bin. The winning team was the one with the most recyclables. Points were also deducted for each non- recyclable placed in the recycling bin.

PETCO got involved by donating posters for the educational component of the Expo and caps (made from recycled plastic bottles and valued at over R300 each) as prizes for the winners of the Trash Dash.

False Bay Recycling, the local Materials separation centre, gave an interesting presentation on what can and can’t be recycled locally, which proved to be a real eye-opener for many of the local Fish Hoek residents.

All in all, the event was very well attended and will be repeated soon. Well done to all involved!