PETCO teams up with T-SHAD to provide training, PPE and Baling Machine

PETCO teams up with T-SHAD to provide training, PPE and Baling Machine
16 November 2017

PETCO teams up with T-SHAD to provide training, PPE and Baling Machine

The Tembisa Self Help Association of the Disabled (T-SHAD) is a community based development programme initiated in 1990. PETCO is supporting the great work undertaken by T-SHAD through the sponsorship of much-needed protective equipment and recycling infrastructure.

T-SHAD established a self-help factory with various income generating projects where people with disabilities can thrive and deliver a meaningful service to their community. They currently have 65 disabled beneficiaries, consisting of 19 male youths and 18 female youths, 17 adult men and 11 adult women, and their projects range from gardening, recycling and wheelchair-repairs to computer training.

T-SHAD is also a buy-back centre for recyclables, collecting PET, paper and glass. They currently collect an average of two tonnes of PET every month and plan to grow this through various arrangements with the malls, taverns, hospitals and clinics in Tembisa to collect their recyclables.

PETCO partnered with T-SHAD in 2016, providing them with assistance and supplying them with basic equipment, such as a scale to weigh recyclables, bulk bags for storage and separation of recyclables, and protective gloves. As a key focus for us is to improve the jobs and conditions for collectors and collection businesses in South Africa and to facilitate the collection of PET for recycling, we will now be supporting them further with training and mentorship, to enable the growth of their business, personal protective equipment (PPE), to ensure their safety, and a baling machine, to compact the bottles for easy and efficient transport.

We look forward to working with T-SHAD and helping to grow their recycling business, for the benefit of the beneficiaries, the community they operate in, and South Africa as a whole.