Recycle Swop Shop

SWOP SHOP UPDATE QUARTER 1

In South Africa, waste management has evolved over the past quarter of a century. Since early 2000, local communities have seen initiatives to improve the quality of waste-management. The Domino Foundation’s Recycle Swop Shop is one such initiative where recycling and drop-off centres have been established to bring an economic incentive to communities who learn the value of recycling. An added aspect of these programmes is environmental upgrade and preservation which inevitably accompanies its outworking.

The Swop Shop collection and shop days happen weekly during the school term, as the Swop Shops are situated at primary schools in Dunoon and Phillipi in Cape Town where the programme operates. Phillipi’s recycling collection is managed by the school teachers rather than by the Swop Shop team This is another aspect of the programme’s empowering the local community to take ownership of the activity which impacts an ever-widening spectrum of the community. Recyclable materials are stored in a container onsite at the school and, when the container is full, the school notifies the programme leaders to send the recycling company with which Swop Shop works to make a collection. The Phillipi Shop has seen a falling-off of the recyclables being brought in over the past few months and hence the drop in the number of tokens been handed out. The reasons for this and how to motivate the community to embrace more whole-heartedly will need to be investigated and addressed so that the considerable positive impact the programme has seen in the past can be reached again and then maintained.

Each Wednesday of the school term, members of the community in Dunoon township come laden with recyclable material to The Domino Foundation’s Swop Shop at Enkwenkwezi School. The material is sorted and weighed and paid for in coupons and so becomes a means of exchange for basic necessities. As an empowerment initiative, this gives the community the opportunity to help themselves and break the mentality of hopelessness. The last Wednesday of the first term saw a veritable mountain of plastic bottles brought in which will now not be going into the City’s landfill. As a by-product of the Recycle Swop Shop programme, the aim is to instil an understanding of recycling and its importance in caring for the environment. In the process of giving the community the ability productively to “earn” so that basic toiletries and foodstuffs and other essentials can be “purchased” in exchange for the coupons, the vision is to beautify the Dunoon area (and the areas where the other Swop Shops operate in Cape Town), reduce the chance of disease, provide safe areas for play and inspire a sense of pride in the community. The ladies of Dunoon are grasping this vision of becoming effective environment changers. Leader of the Recycle Swop Shop programme, Riaan van der Westhuizen, said that he is amazed at the quantities of recyclables which the community members bring in: “This past year we were inundated with 1203 kgs of plastic which we sold on to a recycling company.  With the proceeds we are able to stock our Swop Shops.” The latest national recycling figures for plastics show that South Africans are recycling more plastics than before, which paints a brighter environmental picture. Each year, South Africans throw out well over a million tons of recyclable plastic. The pressure is on…the Western Cape may be soon facing a crisis with many landfills rapidly filling. In some areas, landfills could have reached their capacity in less than a year. The good news is that, of that, a good 40% finds its way into recycling. The Dunoon community, in hauling their blue plastic bags bulging with recyclables to the Recycle Swop Shop each week, is playing a vital part in this bid to save our environment.

As a fund-raiser and as an awareness initiative, The Domino Foundation had a team of riders complete the 2018 Cape Town Cycle Tour in March. The enthusiastic pedallers completed the gruelling but spectacular race around the peninsular sporting the cycling kit with the new corporate look.

The community at ‘Life Changers Church’ in Tableview and Milnerton regularly shows its generosity through donations of clothing to the Swop Shop programme. Fund-raising for the programme is an area which constantly needs to be revisited with regards to its tactics and targets. Life Changers Church has planned a Clothing Drive to run through the winter months so that the Swop Shops have an adequate supply of warm wear for the chilly weather. If you would like to contribute, please contact Sammy on adminct@domino.org.za or 021 557 7704.

The Recycle Swop Shop team was delighted to welcome Sammy Hart to assist with the programme’s administration from her base at the offices at Life Changers in Tableview. Riaan van der Westhuizen, leader of the Swop Shop programme said, ”Sammy’s coming on board will lighten the bureaucratic load  and will ensure a greatly strengthened link between the programme and the bigger Domino Foundation family and its other six programmes.”

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Who is The Domino Foundation? #KnowYourNPO

Who exactly is The Domino Foundation and what do they do?

So the Recycle Swop Shop joined The Domino Foundation last year and continues to operate within impoverished communities in the Western Cape.

But who exactly is The Domino Foundation and what do they do?

The Domino Foundation is a non-profit organisation with a desire to see individuals and communities within South Africa living in dignity, justice, hope and purpose. Through acts of mercy, contending for justice and empowering lives, The Domino Foundation works to see individuals and communities transformed.

Over the next few weeks, we’re going to take a deeper look at The Domino Foundation and help YOU to #KnowYourNPO now that we (The Recycle Swop Shop) are a part of the #DominoEffect.

We will look at:

  • WHAT does The Domino Foundation do?
  • WHY the name?
  • HOW do we do it? and
  • Ways to SUPPORT us as part of The Domino Foundation.

“Essentially, at the core of who we are, is a collective of like-minded individuals who are inspired, motivated and encouraged to see the world changed.”

So keep checking on Facebook this week and follow the hashtag #KnowYourNPO for more!

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#KnowYourNPO Recycle Swop Shop

#KnowYourNPO SwopShop

How much do you really know about The Domino Foundation Recycle Swop Shop?

Having recently joined The Domino Foundation, we thought it would provide the perfect opportunity to showcase the work of the Recycle Swop Shop. Over the past few months, Domino has been running a #KnowYourNPO campaign which examines each of The Domino Foundation’s seven community transformation programmes.

Over a four week period, we take some time to focus on exactly (1) WHAT the programme is, (2) WHY we do it and show you (3) HOW the programme is implemented. We also share some exciting ways for you to engage with and throw your weight behind these initiatives to multiply the good work we are doing. Our aim of this campaign is to share with the world the work we are involved in and hope that individuals gain a greater understanding and the ‘bigger picture’ of the expansive work we do.

This October & November, our #KnowYourNPO campaign will focus on The Domino Foundation’s Recycle Swop Shop programme, operating in the Western Cape, shedding light on WHAT it is, WHY we do it, HOW we do it and WAYS for you TO SUPPORT it!

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#DominoRiders tackle the 2018 Cape Town Cycle Tour

Join the #DominoRiders as they tackle the

2018 CAPE TOWN CYCLE TOUR

to raise funds for The Domino Foundation Recycle Swop Shop!

#CYCLE 4 reCYCLING

THE DOMINO FOUNDATION – WHO WE ARE

We are a collective of like-minded individuals who are inspired, motivated and encouraged to see the world changed. The Domino Foundation is a non-profit organisation that creates essential structures geared towards supporting programmes that are meeting the needs of individuals and communities physically, emotionally, cognitively and spiritually through MERCY, JUSTICE and EMPOWERMENT. With our desire to see individuals and communities within South Africa living in DIGNITY, JUSTICE, HOPE and PURPOSE our programmes currently reach communities within KZN and the Western Cape, combatting a multitude of social challenges.

THE CAUSE – RECYCLE SWOP SHOP

THE DOMINO FOUNDATION has three recycle swop shops operating within a number of impoverished communities throughout the Western Cape. Our vision is to uplift the communities living in informal settlements through using recyclable goods as a means of exchange for basic necessities. IN A NUT-SHELL:  Community members collect recyclable materials and bring them to the Recycle Swop Shop. Items are weighed and a corresponding value is given in tokens (cashless). These tokens are then used within the shop to purchase basic necessities, clothing, hygiene items and more. We have seen a reduction in the number of recyclable items entering landfill sites and the beautifying of the surrounding communities through the collection of waste. Communities are healthier and happier with a positive impact on the environment.

The #DominoRiders will raise much needed funds for THE DOMINO FOUNDATION RECYCLE SWOP SHOP to continue to provide this service to the community and allow us to reach our dream of opening new swop shops within local townships.

#DOMINORIDERS – THE CYCLE CHALLENGE & DETAILS

Join the #DominoRiders as they tackle the 2018 Cape Town Cycle Tour in support of THE DOMINO FOUNDATION. The team will take to the beautiful peninsula of Cape Town to cycle through some of the world’s most spectacular scenery while completing the 109KM that is The Cape Town Cycle Tour. THE DOMINO FOUNDATION has secured a charity batch which provides GUARANTEED ENTRIES, a GROUP-START TIME (seeded times allow for earlier start if rider qualifies) and LATER CLOSING DATES for entries.

The #DominoRiders also qualify for a truly spectacular cycling package.

R1500-00 per entry gets you a;

  • GUARANTEED Cape Town Cycle Tour Race entry
  • High quality Domino Cycling top
  • Domino Goodie Bag
  • And a donation towards The Domino Foundation Recycle Swop Shop

Simply contact Rowan Phillips (marketing@domino.org.za ) or Shaun Tait (shaun@domino.org.za) if you are interested in joining the #DominoRiders as they tackle the Cape Town Cycle Tour 2018 for THE DOMINO FOUNDATION!

But hurry – entries close on Thursday 29 November 2017!

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Recycle Swop Shop Programme update – 3rd Quarter

The Recycle Swop Shop Programme was officially launched as part of The Domino Foundation when Executive Chairman Richard Mun-Gavin travelled to Cape Town to present to the Life Changers community the Foundation in all its seven programmes. Between January and mid-September this year, the Swop Shop’s three sites have seen a total of 23812kg of recyclables brought in. The Swop Shop operation at Wesbank No. 1 Primary School has been suspended because of security concerns.

The Domino Foundation Recycle Swop Shop Programme is dependent on both corporate and individual financial donors, on non-financial donors and on volunteers. Samantha will welcome any enquiries at adminct@domino.org.za

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Recycle Swop Shop Programme Update – 2nd Quarter

Having come on board as the seventh Domino programme late last year and as the first programme based outside KZN, the Recycle Swop Shop in the Western Cape had been running in three areas, but made the decision to scale back on one of them for security reasons. However, the local community in that area have shouldered the responsibility to continue with the Swop Shop concept on their own…a victory for empowerment of the people. The local people in one of the other two communities managing their own collection and stock-piling of recyclable materials.

As clothing is a vital part of the Swop Shop programme, ongoing drives for clothes are being pursued. A school in the Tableview area is providing considerable support in this regard.

The programme is looking at securing additional funding to ensure the sustainability of the significant work being achieved.

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