Nica Richards
Deputy online news editor
5 minute read
11 Mar 2021
2:12 pm

Zero to hero: recycling eco warriors are taking back the streets 

Nica Richards

Waste recycling may not be glamorous, but it is providing a substantial living for enterprising individuals, uplifting them and their communities. 

South Africa produces and consumes less plastic than most of the world, making the country ripe for a more circular economy.

Each year enterprising individuals from vastly different backgrounds are honoured by recycling body Petco’s recycling awards.  Dubbed “recycling heroes” and “eco warriors”, the winners have not only declared war on waste, but are winning their respective battles against litter and pollution, while also making a substantial living.  Having bounced back from Covid-19 lockdown movement restrictions, waste reclaimers - from collectors to buy-back consultants - are saving the environment and livelihoods alike. The Citizen caught up with 2021’s “PET-repreneur” winners, both of whom started recycling businesses from the ground up.  Introducing recycling to Limpopo  In the town of Zebediela before Matsobane...