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Spring clean South Africa through recycling for sustainable change

This September, waste could help develop communities through entrepreneurship, advance education, support local talent through performing arts and conserve the environment, with the first annual Recycling for South Africa initiative, taking place from 01 to 19 September 2014 in communities around Gauteng.

In celebration of Clean-Up South Africa Week and Recycling Day, Collect-a-Can, Nampak Bevcan and Nampak DivFood is hosting a fun-filled Recycling for South Africa campaign from Monday, 01 September to Friday, 19 September 2014 with the aim of transforming Gauteng into a cleaner, healthier and happier province.

This pilot campaign will be launched in selected Gauteng communities, including Orange Farm, Soshanguve and Soweto, where clean-up and recycling initiatives will take place to help protect, sustain and grow South Africa.

The South African metal packaging industry, including Collect-a-Can, Nampak Bevcan and Nampak DivFood is spearheading this recycling for change movement, highlighting the benefits recycling and a clean environment can have on a community.

The campaign will be twofold; firstly Recycling for South Africa requires South Africans from all walks of life to collect used cans at their place of work, their homes or among their friends and family for the duration of the campaign and then bring them to one of the clean-up events. The money generated through recycling these cans will be donated to selected charities, be it those with a passion for performing arts or education and the environment. Buy-back centres will also be setup in each community for a week, where community members can sell their used cans for cash.

The second part of the campaign will call for corporates, other organisations, individuals and communities to come together to beautify their environment through community clean-up initiatives scheduled over the three-week period.

The campaign aims to make a sustainable and significant impact in conserving the environment by safeguarding our beautiful country for future generations, while contributing to developing the participating communities.

“There is a natural fit between environmental conservation and the metals packaging industry,” says Zimasa Velaphi, public relations and marketing manager of Collect-a-Can. “Both aluminium and steel packaging are infinitely and 100% recyclable, greatly contributing to reducing South Africa’s carbon footprint and saving our natural resources.”

The campaign will be broken down into three week themes, namely Week 1 - ‘Recycling for Performing Arts’, Week 2 - ‘Recycling for Education’ and Week 3 - ‘Recycling for our Environment’, each of which contribute to our ultimate goal of ‘Recycling for South Africa’.

“We are challenging all likeminded organisations and individuals with a commitment to improving education, conserving the environment or advancing performing arts to help keep our country clean and start recycling for a better South Africa,” says Alex Bouwer, marketing manager for Nampak Bevcan's CAN DO!

All participants of the community clean-ups will be provided with bags, gloves, dust masks and refreshments. Great music and entertainment is in store at the community clean-ups to create positive energy amongst participants.

For more information about Recycling for South Africa or if you would like to join the fun-filled event to make South Africa a cleaner, healthier and happier place, please contact (011) 466 2939 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Recycling for South Africa is supported by the following key event sponsors -

Welcome to Collect-a-Can

We have been collecting used beverage and other metal cans for 21 years.  We understand the recycling industry and we actively work within the community to support recycling initiatives and have a strong commitment to socio economic empowerment.

Our Mission

Collect-a-Can is committed to remain the leader in one-way packaging recovery and address the shareholders' responsibility towards the environment by:

  • Ensuring that metal cans and related can production material are effectively recovered.
  • Identifying and exploring opportunities to render Collect-a-Can self-sustainable.
  • Collaborating with stakeholders (government, schools, media, etc.) in ensuring that the environment is taken care of.
  • To encourage and empower entrepreneurs through metal can collection.
  • To assist the people of Collect-a-Can and stakeholders live the mission.   

Our Vision

It is our vision to be the most successful, self-sustaining, one-way packaging recovery company, dedicated to the realisation of the land where metal cans exist in harmony with the environment.

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