As you are aware we are in the process of implementing a programme to improve and include recycle efforts and security in CKN by working with the Recyclers.
Thank you for the feedback received thus far, overall there is a lot of support for this initiative. Concerns and criticism are equally importance, so thank you for those too.
Last week (7-11 October) was a very busy one. Lots of progress in a short space of time and exciting outcomes!
• On Wednesday morning some of the Recyclers received their reflector jackets printed with the CKN logo, registration and distribution continues this week. Photo ID name badges will be issued to the Recyclers as well. They know that they must be wearing their vests with ID badge, both required. This will be done over the next couple of weeks and I will confirm when all Recyclers have been issued with their jackets and ID badges. We will also be continuing with weekly meet ups with the Recyclers at Kroton park for some time. Over and above registration and identification efforts I will use this time to check in with them, find out what is working, what can be improved, and find out more about them.
• On Wednesday evening I attended the talk by Dr Melanie Samson and comrades from African Reclaimers Organisation (ARO). This was very informative and provided a lot more insight into who Recyclers are (also referred to as Reclaimers and Waste-Pickers), their history, what they do and the role they play in society. ARO work closely with recyclers and communities and have a wealth of knowledge and experience in this regard. Their model of integration is very much in line with what we are implementing here in CKN. They are currently very busy piloting integration systems in Johannesburg. The good news is we are already well under way. After further discussions with Luyanda (ARO Waste Ambassador) about what we are doing, where we want to be, what we need assistance with, etc. he has committed to helping us with this journey. This opportunity is a big advantage to us!
Which brings me to our next steps…
Together with the ongoing practices and relationship building with our Recyclers and community at large, ARO will be coming to talk to us about recyclers and the integration system. They will also be doing a community clean up with us.
The talk will be held at Kleine Constantia next Thursday 24th October from 19:00 – 20:00. All residents – CKN members or not, are encouraged to attend. Please let me know by Wednesday if you will be attending – see my contact details further below.
This is your chance to be informed, to network and ask the questions on your mind. Furthermore, this is your chance to be an active participant in change for the better. Remember this is a community effort and only works when we are all doing and playing our part, no matter how seemingly small.
Find out more about African Reclaimers Organisation by visiting their Facebook page – Link available on CKN website and shared to the CKN Facebook page. Attached is the about info as taken from their page.
Lorin Leuci – Enviro care committee member ♻