Glass Recycling
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Schools across the country competed in a glass recycling competition that saw an equivalent weight of around 300 cars collected! Coming in hot for Gauteng’s top spot was a Pretoria school that pulled out all the stops:


Gauteng, South Africa (03 May 2024) — Pretoria school Gereformeerde Skool Dirk Postma have been crowned the Gauteng winners of an annual school recycling competition thanks to their glass recycling efforts.

Schools across the country participated in Non-Profit Company The Glass Recycling Company’s (TGRC) 2023 Annual Schools Competition, which plays a crucial role in fostering a positive recycling culture within communities nationwide. To put things into perspective, nationally, the weight of the glass collected throughout the competition is equivalent to around 300 cars!

Gauteng’s top three recycling schools showcased their dedication to the cause, yet the TGRC shared that the province’s overall performance fell short—which means its time to up the momentum this year.

Gauteng’s Glass Recycling Champion Schools

  1. Gereformeerde Skool Dirk Postma led the recycling charge with a collection of 11,419 kilograms of glass, earning the top spot in Gauteng and a prize of R 30,000.00.
  2. Kiddies Academy Lynnwood followed suit with 9,899 kilograms of glass collected, securing the second position and winning a prize of R 20,000.00.
  3. St. Paulus Pre-and Primary School contributed 9,749 kilograms of glass to the effort, earning them a prize of R 10,000.00.

The combined glass collection of the top three schools is 31,067 kilograms (around 22 cars), while the Eastern Cape’s top three schools collect 88,867 kilograms—equal to a sizeable parking lot of 60 vehicles.

Shabeer Jhetam, CEO at The Glass Recycling Company, emphasised the importance of collective action in recycling: “While we commend the dedication of Gauteng schools, their performance underscores the need for greater commitment to recycling efforts. Through initiatives like the Annual Schools Competition, we aim to inspire communities to embrace recycling as a fundamental part of their daily lives.”

Looking ahead, TGRC invites more schools to join the glass recycling movement by participating in the 2024 Annual Schools Competition. Schools interested in receiving a free glass bank to kickstart their recycling journey can contact The Glass Recycling Company at 011 803 0767 or email

Sources: TGRC—Supplied
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