Cape Town learners are turning junk into money to upgrade their schools — and cleaning up their neighbourhoods

Kristin Engel – 9 July 2023

A project to rehabilitate a Cape Town primary school’s waste-strewn sports field has grown into a movement among under-resourced communities across the city to realise the value of recycling – both economic and environmental.

A local and national government initiative is using the circular economy model to slowly transform under-resourced communities in Cape Town, where illegal dumping and waste build-up is a perpetual problem, and change the relationship children and residents have with waste…