Residents of the Quarry Road West informal settlement in Durban will be converting rubbish to rands with the recent launch of a recycling project led by Coca-Cola Beverages SA (CCBSA) in partnership with Durban Green Corridor and Trashback.

Tsholofelo Mqhayi, head of Enterprise and Community Development at CCBSA said: “We hope to inspire other communities to follow the Quarry Road West example so that the whole Durban area develops a sustainable green economy to become waste free.

“We have set ourselves an ambitious target as a company to make all our packaging recyclable by 2025 and to achieve a 100% recycling rate by 2030.”
Dubbed Project Hlwekisa, which means “to clean” in seSotho, the initiative will establish a sustainable green economy at community level, drawing in residents as waste collectors, while keeping the Umgeni River and its lagoon waste free.

Researchers and waste specialists from Trashback studied the feasibility of creating a green economy for the informal communities and waste pickers of the Umgeni Business Park Corridor over two months and found that large amounts of plastic and waste that end up in the Umgeni River lagoon – and eventually in the ocean – came from the Palmiet River.

“Project Hlwekisa is another great example of our commitment to finding innovative ways to take responsibility for our post-consumer waste while contributing to the development of communities, and we look forward to more partnerships like this in future,” said Mqhayi.