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I Eat Eco Bricks

I eat eco bricks

People in the world have been turning green with all their hard work combatting destructive human habits. One lesson we learnt a while ago is -we can’t throw everything away in one bin because waste things are made of different materials and therefore need to go back to their different origins.

South Africa is way over due to improve its waste management systems,with Greyton being no exception. As committed citizens and a small symbiotic community we must take things into our own hands.

If you don’t already know about Eco bricks- brought to Greyton by Joseph Stodgel and his Trash to Treasure festival, it is a simple technology of clean and dry plastic bottles stuffed with clean, dry non recyclables and used as bricks. Greyton Transition Town and the Red Cross are on the hunt for stuffed bottles to build the new youth centre in Hewelkroon.

Many people in Greyton have already taken ownership of the products they buy- separating their recyclables and eco bricking the non recyclables. Now all we need are collection bins and some initiative from people who are still sending their chemical leaching waste to the landfill.

After getting creative with some kids and tyres,we have created some eco brick eating bins that will be put around Greyton hungry for clean and dry plastic! Look out for the colourful tyre stacks and get stuffing!  We want as many bottles converted to these effcient eco bricks as you can manage to produce.

by: Candice Mostert

Sentinel April 2012

The Sentinel is the monthly community newspaper of Greyton and the surrounding villages.

WASTE  – so what’s going on?

Our Town Manager, Jeremy Prins, has written an article in this paper about waste.  He, together with the Conservation Society and Greyton Transition Town, has been working hard to try to find solutions to the ever-growing mountain of waste that threatens to overwhelm our village.

The problem is – we throw our waste away.  But where is ‘away’?  Think about it.

There is no ‘away’.  Every single item of waste that we have generated over the last ten years is still here.  In this village.

That plastic bag from Woolworth’s that you carried home in 2001 – still here.  That styrofoam pack holding broccoli covered in clingwrap that you bought from Pick ‘n Pay in 1999 – still here.  All our rubbish, thousands and thousands of tons of waste – it’s all still here.

Thanks to the arrival of Boetie Bantom’s business, some of this waste is now going out of the village.   On Wednesdays, Boetie collects anything that can be recycled.  Plenty of information has been circulated about what can and cannot be recycled but it is worth repeating here.

 

Recyclables (clean and dry)

  • Plastic bottles (but only cold drinks, fruit preserves, washing liquid, mineral water and similar)
  • Metal – food tins and drink cans
  • Glass bottles and jars (with tops off please)
  • Plastic bags
  • Paper, magazines, flattened/folded newspapers and cardboard

 

Not for recycling

  • Wet, dirty or contaminated items
  • Cling wrap and polystyrene
  • Disposal nappies, sanitary towels
  • Toothpaste tubes
  • Chemicals, paint, motor oil containers, acid or solvents
  • Organic waste – food scraps, vegetable peels, garden waste
  • All tetrapak items
  • Please donate clothing or shoes to Red Cross and take your batteries, ink, cartridges and light bulbs to the box at Greyton Tourism or the Transition Table on Wednesdays in front of Via’s.

 

­Tips on waste reduction

  1. Be careful what you buy.  Try to buy loose veggies and fruit rather than packaged.  Ask the retailer if you can leave packaging there.  They may already be recycling.
  2. Use your organic and garden waste.   It’s easy to set up a composting area.  You can throw kitchen waste there and, providing you cover it with garden waste, in layers, it won’t attract vermin.  Place some sticks at the bottom to allow air to circulate, then add layers and keep it reasonably well watered.  Within a few months you will have perfect soil.  Watch out for composting advice in future issues of The Sentinel or contact GTT for help.
  3. Challenge yourself to reduce your non-recycled waste to zero.  It is possible.  Take pleasure in the decreasing size of the pile you leave for the Municipality to collect on Mondays.
  4. Recycle.  Plastic containers for grapes make perfect pots to grow seedlings.  We will publish other ideas in future issues.

 

The Greyton dump is now no longer open for household waste or building rubble.  This must all be taken to Genandenal where facilities and employment opportunities are being created to deal with the rubbish that we just cannot deal with ourselves in an environmentally friendly manner.

The Greyton dump is now open only for garden waste.  Signposts are being erected and an area has been marked out where we can take our garden waste.

Cape Nature Conservation has just started bringing in a chipper on a weekly basis and it will reduce your garden waste to chips which you are welcome to use for your new compost pile or as mulch in your garden.  A small charge will be levied to cover costs.

 

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