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The Breede Valley Association for Persons with Disabilities (APD) and Pure Boland Market recently joined Forces to boost recycling in Worcester.

With a new recycling project that APD started at the market, they not only hope to generate extra income for the organisation but also to inform people about their recycling division, and recycling in general.

“It’s not only about the amount of money we make. We’re also planting a seed,” says Deonie Basson, marketing manager at Breede Valley APD. They use their stall at the market to tell people about the 18 jobs which the project creates for people with physical and intellectual impairments, and mental health patients. These people process waste material, which is then sold to larger recycling companies. The income generated in this way, supplements their monthly social grants.

The project at the market entails APD-branded bins in which visitors can place recyclable waste. Visitors can also bring along recyclable materials from home.
Tharina Jonker, founder and owner of Pure Boland Market, says re-use and recycling have long been a part of many exhibitors’ approach, and she wanted to strengthen this culture.

“There are quite a few stalls that sell upcycled products such as glasses made from used bottles, gift bags made from old magazines and the wooden toy trucks from off-cut wood only. We have one trader who uses old flour and sugar bags to create carry bags for customers who buy from her. There are used bottles for milk, ginger beer and lemonade, and the craft beer stall takes in their own bottles for re-use.

“My long-term plan is to convince traders that it’s good to do away with plastic and polystyrene packaging. I will like to create a culture where everyone who visits our market helps to keep the impact on the environment as small as possible. I invited APD to join us as part of this plan and hope that we’ll reap the rewards soon.”

* Breede Valley APD is a non-profit organisation that actively works to improve quality of life for people with disabilities. Their services include job creation through a laundry service, recycling division, catering services and the sale of hand-made products. They also run day care, occupational therapy and social services to people with disabilities across the Breede Valley.

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Breede Valley APD’s recycling division creates jobs for 18 people with disabilities.
APD’s stall at the Pure Boland Market.
The team from APD who was on duty at the stall on Saturday, March 4.

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