Soweto unites to clean up litter

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Hundreds of volunteers and local residents from Soweto gathered to collect and remove over 26 tonnes of waste from Diepkloof Extreme Park. The clean-up was organised by the City of Johannesburg and Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa. This clean-up initiative is one of many in a national campaign, developed by the global beverage organisation, to inspire community members to unite in support of sustainable development goals.The Soweto clean-up hosted over 120 local community members and 97 staff members from the City of Johannesburg and Coca-Cola. The event not only removed litter from a popular public space in Soweto, but it also helped to shift attitudes towards recycling in the area.“Clean-ups encourage environmentally-responsible waste management habits as well as motivate South African communities to recycle,” says Coca-Cola South Africa head of public affairs and communications Asyia Sheik-Ojwang. “We are proud to be part of the movement to create the next generation of global citizens,” she says.These community clean-up initiatives align with Coca-Cola’s aim of recycling 100% of its plastic bottles by 2030, as well as to make half of all its packaging from recycled materials.We’ve been operating in Africa for 90 years. Throughout all that time, we have stayed committed to the people and communities we depend on. We believe in doing business the right way,” states Sheik-Ojwang.___Averda is a leading waste management provider with over 50 years of experience across three continents. Through growth, transformation and engagement, we strive to find new ways of managing waste while protecting the community and environment. ___By pairing international expertise with local insights, we have secured our position as one of South Africa’s most respected providers of waste management and industrial cleaning services. We also operate in the recycling, pipe inspection, CCTV, infrastructure inspection, hydro-demolition, high-pressure water jetting and catalyst handling industries. ___Follow us Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn for the best tips on recycling and the latest industry news. See our Instagram and YouTube channels for more insights into environmental affairs and our work with local communities.