Photo Credit: Jeppe Boys' High School

Jeppe Boys’ High School have been collecting bottle tops for most of 2023 and managed to gather 512kgs which will go towards a wheelchair for charity.


Johannesburg, South Africa (02 April 2024)—Jeppe Boys’ High School collected 512 kg of bottle tops in 2023 in their pursuit of reaching 750 kg. The RCL young men worked hard rallying the school throughout 2023, and now they are so close to their goal.

Tops and Tags for Wheelchairs is a non-profit in South Africa, working in partnership with Interwaste, to convert plastic waste into funds for wheelchairs. A standard wheelchair purchase equates to 750kgs of bottle tops. It is a great way to get a small amount of plastic out of landfills and recycle them for a good cause.

The RCL group set up a challenge for the school classes. The classes were inspired to collect bottle tops, all in the hope of winning the title for most collected and, the reward, delicious doughnuts.

“The RCL at Jeppe High School for Boys officially embarked on the bottle caps campaign last year. This was run within the tutor groups, and to incentivise the collection, the tutor class that collected the most amount of bottle caps in a term were rewarded with doughnuts.

In 2023 we managed to collect an impressive 512 kgs of bottle caps. Collecting bottle caps, even broken ones, makes a difference to our environment as these are recycled. This campaign is, therefore, twofold: assisting with the purchasing of wheelchairs and reducing waste at the landfill sites.”

With the new year well underway and the first term done and dusted, the young men have already added a further 148 kgs to their goal. This means that they will reach that goal of purchasing a wheelchair for charity, come the second term.

“This term, we, as the Jeppe community, managed to collect 148kgs of bottle caps.”

Stay tuned to when they reach their goal on Facebook here.

Sources: Jeppe Boys
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