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The Re-Trade Project doesn’t only help give the underprivileged a means to feed their families, it also helps households recycle while giving back to people in need.


Walmer, South Africa (11 June 2023) – The Re-Trade Project helps people in need by allowing them to trade recyclable items for food, clothing and toiletries. The organisation is a non-profit that aims to grant those in need a dignified way to sustain themselves.

This opportunity allows everyone to uplift themselves without feeling like they are receiving a handout. They have to work to earn items from the trading depot, which then helps develop a healthy work ethic. However, the recycling centre is an asset, and vice-versa, for households and businesses that are just looking for a place to recycle their recyclables.

The benefit of recycling your plastic, glass, paper, cardboard, fabric and so much more, is that the funds raised by doing so, help Re-Trade stock their store. It means food for people in need!

“Bring recycling to our depot and we turn it into food for others!” – The Re-Trade Project. 

The Re-Trade Trade Shop

The trading depot uses funds from recycled items to stock its trade shop shelves. In turn, those who bring in recycling can access the shop and use their recycling as currency to purchase essential items.

Maria Grewar founded the Re-Trade Project to address poverty in Walmer Park as well as the high pollution and dumping rate in the area. By launching the trade shop, the community shifted their take on litter, and the area started to look tidy. People who previously loitered or begged began cleaning up their surroundings, taking part in recycling.

The shop stocks all sorts of food, clothing and toiletries. Everything is an essential item. Some of the top food items available include Tomato and Onion Mix, Instant Soup, Rice, Pasta, Oats, Oil, Long-life Milk, Coffee, Mealie Pap and Sugar.

The NPO also relies on physical and financial donations from the public to keep the shelves adequately stocked. You can help them by reaching out to see what is needed most.

So if you find yourself in Walmer and need to recycle some stuff, reach out to the Re-Trade Project to see how you can do it!

Sources: The Re-Trade Project
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