Trade Recycling

The Re-Trade Project is changing the lives of the unemployed and homeless in Port Elizabeth. They trade recyclable goods for clothing, food and toiletries which benefit the people and the environment.


The Re-Trade Project helps the homeless by allowing them to trade recyclable items for food, clothing and toiletries. The organisation is a non-profit that aims to grant the homeless a way to sustain themselves in a dignified way.

“The Re-Trade Project has a vision to provide underprivileged communities with an opportunity to be environmentally aware and access resources to fulfil their basic human needs while still maintaining the human worth and dignity within each person.”

This opportunity offers the homeless a way 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.

“The ReTrade Project aims to impact and create change in the lives of our traders while promoting an environmentally sustainable work culture. The issue for many individuals in South Africa is that poverty restricts them from being able to gain access to basic needs.” – Re-Trade Project 

The trading depot uses funds from the recycled items to restock the shelves but the NPO also relies on physical and financial donations from the public to keep the shelves properly stocked.

You can support them by donating food items such as mealie pap, stock, canned items and so much more. Contact them here for full details.

Sources: LeadSA
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