Medical waste to school shoes: Joburg's clever recycling project
Back to NewsA new project has been launched in Johannesburg that recycles used, nonhazardous intravenous drip bags and tubes into soles for schools shoes. This innovative initiative is being run by Netcare, Adcock Ingram Critical Care and the City of Johannesburg under the leadership of Mayor Herman Mashaba.To launch the initiative, Mashaba and the teams from the partner organisations handed out around 1000 school shoes to learners at Masakhane-Tswelopele Primary School in Zandspruit, just northwest of Johannesburg.The project aids two causes; it provides learners with school shoes and also opens up a sustainable avenue for hospitals and clinics to dispose of their healthcare waste. This means that nonhazardous plastic medical materials are recycled and repurposed rather than being incinerated and destroyed.
The mayor’s vision for Johannesburg
“This fantastic initiative is aligned with the A Re Sebetseng mayoral project - a clean-up campaign encouraging all citizens to take pride in their environment, community and city,” says Mashaba. “I am a strong believer in public-private partnership. We, as government, have no chance of doing it on our own so it’s incredibly exciting to be part of this project that is built on a joint effort between a pharmaceutical company, a private healthcare provider group and local government, to benefit impoverished children. This is the way of the future,” he explains.This campaign also aligns with the mayor’s vision of making Johannesburg one of the cleanest cities in the world. Citizens are encouraged to reduce, reuse and recycle their waste in an effort to help the environment and reduce the waste that ends up in landfills.