Green Corridors and TriEcoEmvelo, are facilitating a major clean-up of the Roadhouse Crescent recycling area at the Connaught Bridge underpass in Durban North, on Wednesday, 29 and Thursday 30 November, with the aim of removing 500 bags of waste.
This area has been used for a long time as an illegal dumping ground and has been “adopted” by Green Corridors in an endeavour to clean it up and support the informal recyclers to derive an income from their collections by formalising the area as a recycling collection point, and discouraging illegal dumping.
Members of the public and community organisations are invited to join in the clean-up from 8am until 2pm on 29 and 30 November together with the Green Corridors and WESSA and the Roadhouse Recyclers teams. eThewkini Municipality Cleansing and Solid Waste will be removing the non-recyclable waste. Volunteers should wear closed shoes and hats.

“This clean-up marks our adoption of the area, formalising the collection of waste as a materials recycling facility (MRF), supporting these area recyclers with their efforts to earn an income, and ensuring the site is no longer used to dump,” explains Musa Shange, Green Corridors Project Officer. “Through a joint project between eThekwini Municipality, Green Corridors, TriEcomvelo and Safripol we have installed a plastic baler that compresses recyclable plastics which enables the local recyclers to densify the materials derived benefit from the increased value. We are also erecting a fence around the area to stop the illegal dumping.”

The Connaught Bridge Roadhouse Crescent Recycling project has been a combined effort between a number of civil society organisations, government structures, businesses and informal recyclers, that have worked together to do clean-ups, recycle and repurpose waste material. Green Corridors has facilitated the purchase of materials by formal recycling enterprises, and taking materials to sites where they can be beneficiated, such as Green Corridors’ KwaMashu Materials Beneficiation Centre.
"We want to help these recyclers set up a solid cooperative that they can eventually run themselves,” enthuses Siphiwe Rakgabale, Green Corridors Litterbooms Co-ordinator and owner of TriEcoEmvelo. “They are a crucial part of the value chain that recycles waste materials and can make a significant contribution to a sustainable circular economy."