Dayne Davey

This project aims to provide an opportunity for children to gain an understanding of the value of goods and the concept of exchanging work for goods through a recycling exchange incentive scheme; and of course the swop shop also creates an effective means of cleaning up the local environment.

Local children collect plastic, paper, tins and glass which they bring once a week to the Swop Shop. Their recycling is weighed by EDGE of AFRICA volunteers and depending on the amount and type of recycling the child receives a certain amount of points which they can then spend in the ‘Swop Shop’.

The shop is filled with clothes, toiletries, toys & stationery (and the list goes on!) all donated by Knysna locals and International volunteers. There is no money involved in this scheme and the Recycling Swop Shop is entirely reliant on donations and volunteer participation.

The recycling that is collected through this project is put to good use, for example we use 2 litre plastic bottles to create eco-friendly greenhouses (see our Food Security Project); and we are developing a business empowerment project that will employ local people to create functional products out of “waste” materials!

Your Role

  • Running of the shop and registering children on the project
  • Weighing and monitoring recycling
  • Calculating points earned & data entry
  • Marketing project and collecting donations

Latest Achievements

  • 7255kg of recycling collected in 2015
  • 57,555kg of recycling collected to date
  • 628 children currently registered with the project

Current Project Needs

  • Volunteer manpower
  • Donations of toiletries, stationery and clothes