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Communities are making big deposits into Ronnie Banks!

19 September 2014

Schools, churches boost funds by collecting many tons of waste paper

Waste paper gets turned into valuable funds when communities band together to support local associations by making deposits at their nearest œRonnie Bank waste paper drop-off point.

Ronnie Banks are large bright green containers provided by Mpact Recycling to schools, churches and community organisations that raise funds by œhosting the bins on their premises.

Across South Africa, many local groups are making real contributions to the environment at the same time that they help raise money for their organisations through paper collections.

Mpact Recycling has praised the contributions of schools and community groups around the country and thanked them for their involvement. Among the top collectors around South Africa so far in 2014 are:

Cape Town: In the Cape Peninsula, pupils of Kenridge Primary School in Bellville collected more than 46 tons of waste paper by operating six Ronnie Banks so far this year.

Cape Town: Shoppers using Cape Town's Constantia Village Shopping Centre operated by Growthpoint Properties collected more than 33 tons with four Ronnie Banks.

Johannesburg: In Johannesburg, the St Vincent School for the Deaf operates three Ronnie Banks and has collected nearly eight tons of waste paper and board since January 2014.

Bedfordview: The pupils of Bedfordview Primary School have together collected nearly eight tons of waste paper since January 2014 through their two Ronnie Banks.

Alberton: In Alberton, the local SPCA runs three Ronnie Banks and has collected 40 tons of waste paper since January 2014.

Springs: At the Strubenvale Primary School in Springs, pupils have collected nearly eight tons of waste paper since January 2014.

Durban: In Durban, pupils of Kloof Senior Secondary school have collected nearly 41 tons of waste paper since January 2014. Community-based organisation?? / The small business known as Natal Pamphlet Distributors has collected a massive 66 tons of waste paper since January 2014.

Richards Bay: In the north of KwaZulu Natal, Mangamu High School near Richards Bay has collected more than five tons of waste paper since January 2014.  The community organisation known as the Mtunzini Conservancy has collected more than 16 tons since January 2014.

œMany schools and community organisations are doing a fantastic job of collecting waste paper and Mpact is very happy to support them by purchasing as many tons as they can provide, says John Hunt, managing director Mpact Recycling.

œNational Clean-up and Recycling Week (from 15 to 20 September) is a great time for anyone and everyone to get into recycling. It's Spring time and what better moment to start a good habit that benefits not only the environment but that also provides jobs for thousands of people?

Hunt says that recycling really does start at home. œGetting into recycling by starting with all the paper and cardboard we gather is one of the best ways that any family, group or business can make a real difference.

He says Mpact Recycling collects more than 450 000 tons of paper and board a year and that all of it goes to paper mills that make new paper and cardboard packaging material.

Mpact Recycling pays by the ton for waste paper which is then used at paper mills as a raw material to make new packaging and paper.

As South Africa's largest paper recycler, Mpact Recycling collects waste paper from Ronnie Banks, homes, offices, shops and factories around the country. This is paper that would otherwise have been destroyed or gone into landfill sites.

Mpact Recycling also runs a continuous education campaign using Ronnie Recycler, a cartoon-like character that visits schools to help learners understand the benefits of recycling and to encourage them to collect waste paper and cardboard.

By participating in recycling, people not only help the environment but can also help raise funds for local associations, schools, churches or other organisations.

There are hundreds of Ronnie Banks where you can deposit your waste paper. These bright green containers are impossible to miss and are conveniently placed at each location.

People interested in getting into recycling can find a list of Ronnie Banks on the company's website at

Mpact Recycling's regional offices are keen to provide assistance and advice to consumers and organisations wanting to get into the recycling routine. Contact details are:



Tulisa Park: 011 538 8600

Midrand:  011 315 8450

Pretoria West: 012 380 0920

Springs: 011 360 4460

Western Cape:

Parow: 021 931 5106

KwaZulu Natal:

Richards Bay: 035 751 1722

Durban: 031 274 6600

In addition, Mpact Recycling collects its famous Ronnie Bags from almost 200 000 homes in Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and Tshwane. Collections are done every week from the kerbside, with different collection days for each area. Details can be found at