Yesterday I read and interesting article in our local newspaper, the Randburg Sun. “The plight of trolley pushers on the road” was written after an incident where an unfortunate pusher was knocked over in our area. It elaborated on road-worthiness of the trolleys and regulations that the owners have to comply to. Just a few months ago there was another article in the same newspaper, about another area nearby where recyclers (aka trolley pushers) were issued highly visible vests with numbers on to easily identify these road users. It is a pity that neighbouring areas like ours have not adopted these good practices, then mayby the accident could have been avoided.
There are a few reasons why I was intrigued by the articles. Previously I was somewhat annoyed by these pushers, but since I saw some videos on recycling plastics, and some real devastating footage on what these plastics are doing to our wildlife if not recycled, I changed my opinion. The trolley pushers may not have green recycling motives as priority, but they do play a very important function in our lives. The little money they make by sorting and selling to recycling companies, is doing what you and I should have done even before throwing it all in one bin.
Should we not be doing more here? How much effort would it be to just put all our plastics into one see-through bag. This will prevent our trolley helpers from turning your whole bin upside down to find those small caps that are worth the most. Did you know that plastics can be sorted into seven types for recycling? Just look at the underside of any plastic container and find the little arrowed triangle to see what type you are discarding. Even bread bags sometimes have them printed on.
I know some of you are doing the right thing. There are some companies that specialize in picking up special recycle-able items. Some do it free, some charge for it. Whichever method you choose, it is every reasonable person’s responsibility to do something. If you have an active community in the neighbourhood where you live, make it an item on the agenda to furnish our helpers with vests. Talk to your Whatsapp groups, Facebook or Tweet it. Let’s work together to mitigate the damage we have allowed to happen for too long now. This may the only way our fauna and flora survives and your descendants will be forever grateful to you.