WINDHOEK, 13 MAY
For the third year running, Dagbreek School for the Intellectually Impaired scooped up the first prize in the annual 2017/18 Schools Recycling Competition (SRC.) Dagbreek School not only broke all previous records with regards to the volumes garnered, but was also awarded the Best Improved School prize following their increase from 222 kg of recyclables per learner in 2017, to 275kg per learner this year.
Second and third places went to All Nations Christian School and Moreson Special School respectively, with 111 kg and 81 kg per learner accordingly. Fourth place was taken by Combretum Trust, followed by Delta School Windhoek.
The competition is an initiative that is hosted by the Recycle Namibia Forum (RNF.) RNF Coordinator, Anita Witt said with Dagbreek’s total volume of 30 tons, and the two runners-up each on 10 tons, the top three schools managed to collect 50 tons of the total volume of 133 tons collected from March 2017 until the end of February 2018.
“It is interesting to note that the top three schools all have just over 100 learners – which indicates that the enthusiastic input from a school principal, teachers, parents and learners can attribute tremendously towards success. Môreson Special School also deserves recognition for being the first school to be placed under the top three in their first year of participation,” said Witt.
At the prize giving ceremony held recently, Witt also noted that when the competition started in 2009 (with only 10 schools), the average weight collected was 15kg per learner, but now the competition had grown to 50 schools in Windhoek and at the coast, with most schools exceeding 50kg per learner.
The 1st prize of N$10 000 is sponsored by Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL); 2nd prize of N$5 000 by Collect-a-Can and the third prize of N$2 500 by Plastic Packaging. Rent-A-Drum sponsored the 4th and 5th prizes.
B2Gold Namibia, sponsored the Best Improved School, and awarded the winner of this category with a visit to their Environment Education Centre near Otjiwarongo.
Rent-A-Drum will be paying all schools for the recyclables collected, and to this end, a total of N$30 000 will be paid to the schools who have managed to collect recyclables to the value of N$200 and more.
In 2016 and 2017 the schools collected 89 and 128 tons respectively, while this year, 133 tons were collected.