Breadtags for Wheelchairs, is an initiative started by Mary Honeybun, a pensioner from Noordhoek, and whose story is told in full through The Green Times (click here).
This project started 3 years ago and is gaining momentum across South Africa and the Polystyrene Council (PSPC) has placed altogether 480 collection boxes in strategic places – at schools, shopping centres, in shops and churches across the country. There are now 80 coordinators countrywide. Anybody keen to get involved can contact the PSPC and ensure a wheelchair valued at R1 350.00 goes to a needy person.
According to The Green Times article, ‘everyone can do something’ says Adri Spangenberg, Director of the Polystyrene Packaging Council (PSPC) who go involved and is now spearheading the “Bread Tags for Wheelchairs” project.
It is reported that even large corporates such as Sasko and Kwikloc (the manufacturers of the bread tags) has become involved and are even pledging to donate 2 wheelchairs for every one wheelchair that is bought from the funds raised through this project.
QASA – The Quadpara Association of SA is getting involved
PSCP has formed a relationship with QASA through Ari Seirlis, National Director for QASA, who will be assisting them in allocating wheelchairs to recipients to the Project. QASA has many years of experience in this regard and QASA will be assessing recipients to ensure the correct chair goes to each recipient and with the support of a local manufacturer and National supplier of wheelchairs, CE Mobility, who will ensure the quality of wheelchairs donated is appropriate and of a high standard. They will also be providing the necessary guarantees and support for wheelchair maintenance to recipients of the bread tag project.
What is High Density Polystyrene?
“High density Polystyrene has the number 6 polymer identification code and has a good recycling market value. Bread tags and other high density polystyrene products are recycled into coat hangers, seedling trays, cornices, skirtings, outdoor furniture, poles and decking”, Spangenberg explains.
The PSPC says it receives daily phone calls, e-mails and inquiries from individuals of all ages and organizations throughout the country wishing to become involved in the “Bread tags for wheelchairs project” or to donate additional services. “We are now also working with a Durban-based volunteer who fixes broken wheelchairs as a direct result of the success of the project”, Spangenberg says.
Factories manufacturing polystyrene and other plastics consume less energy when they used recycled products, resulting in a cleaner, greener and healthier environment. “Being good is commendable, but only when it is combined with doing good is it useful”, Spangenberg says, “and it is truly wonderful to see how people are improving their world around them simply by recycling a little at a time”.