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Clean Up Your Act This Spring

The average South African household is still far off the potential recycling mark of 15-18 kilograms of waste per month, or a whopping 180 – 216 kilograms per year. The Brightwater Commons, together with Remade Recycling, are helping Jo’burgers clean up their recycling act with the Spring Drive Initiative from 1-4 September. Besides providing helpers who will be on hand to cart all manner of household recycling goods, including e-waste and white goods, from recyclers’ cars to the bins, there will also be an exhibition of green lifestyle products on show and for sale.

The centre has championed the cause of environmental sustainability for the past 3 years, even winning awards for their efforts. Saving on water, electricity and recycling happens 365 days a year and the drive comes right from the top. “Environmental sustainability is in our life-blood as a centre”, says marketing manager Francois Du Buisson, “we are bringing attention to recycling during spring as we know that many people clean out their homes and get rid of old electronics and appliances and just don’t know what to do with them; but green retail happens at the centre every single day. From our recycled storm and rain water that is collected in reservoirs to water the commons to our recycled Christmas decorations, this issue is very important to us”.

Now the centre is trying urgently to inspire the community to take up the cause for themselves. By making it easy to get rid of items that are typically difficult to dispose of, for instance, printers or acrylic paint, the centre managers are hoping that they will become inspired and that this will set off a sort of momentum in the community. “Between the recycling drive and the expo of great home, garden and health products we hope this will be a formula that will set in motion a lifestyle change for people”.

Recycling Week Details Responsible citizens will welcome the opportunity to safely dispose of their white goods, electronic products (or e-waste) as well as all bio-hazardous household materials – including expired medicine, household cleaners, paint, pesticides – at Brightwater Commons. The Spring Drive drop-off point will be situated at Entrance 2 off Republic Road in Randburg and will be open between 8am – 5pm. Efficient and friendly Remade staff will be on hand to assist recyclers transport the material from their cars to the collection point.

Expo Details In the Promotions Court, visitors can expect to see Stax – allowing research of various energy saving products on the market, and helping find the one best suited to individual lifestyles. Stax are excited to be a part of this important project and hope that it sparks a more permanent initiative country-wide so that we may all do our part in protecting our environment for our future generations. Plascon will also be present to educate consumers on the correct way to dispose of paint, which if done incorrectly can have a damaging effect on the environment. Plascon offers Eco friendly paint alternatives, such as the Double Velvet, Cashmere and Kitchens & Bathrooms brands, which are more suitable for the environment and homes as they are water-based, low VOC and have a Breatheasy© formula.

Green Rainbow for Mind, Body and Spirit will help find the perfect ‘green’ solutions for homes and businesses. A variety of environmentally friendly products will be showcased which will keep spaces spic ‘n span while being bio-degradable and free of volatile organic compound. Some people may still find recycling confusing so collapsible recycling containers in 6 different colours, 2 sizes and interchangeable labels will make it easier, even for the kids. “As using environmentally friendly products and recycling may still be new concepts to most South Africans, I aim to make it easy for people by keeping appropriate products that are not harmful to people or the environment,” says Debbie Rawson, Owner, Green Rainbow for Mind, Body and Spirit.

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