Who are Regenize?
Empowering and assisting informal waste pickers while encouraging recycling
Regenize is a local recycling company that aims to make recycling more accessible to South Africans and also encourages & rewards recycling with an innovative new virtual currency/ vouchers (Remali). They support and empower informal waste pickers and collect from households.
Their residential collection model is successfully working in some suburbs in Cape Town. Now they are expanding their operations to include some lower-income areas and establish recycling ‘Hubs’ in these areas which can serve as buy-back centres for informal waste pickers.
The Gugulethu Connection
Bring a bag of recycling, fill your belly with soup, help the soup kitchen survive. It just makes sense!
Gogo's Kitchen, in Gugulethu, are now helping to promote recycling and clean up the community, by encouraging the people visiting the soup kitchen to bring in bags of recyclables. This, in turn, is creating a much needed revenue for Gogo's, to help buy supplies to feed the most needy.
Through our work with the Seaboard CAN we established a connection with Gogo's kitchen, and we are gratified to facilitate this new parnership with Regenize, which not only supports the kitchen, but helps to get waste out of the environment and increase the dignity of those in need, by giving them the means to offer an exchange for their meal.
We are helping to set up Hubs in Gugulethu, based on our connection with the community
In collaboration with PEC, Regenize is also establishing community-based decentralized recycling ‘Hubs’ at various locations in Gugulethu, which will support a network of informal waste pickers, and provide employment. The first Hub was launched on 20 May 2022, with more on the way.
Once established in Gugs, they plan to expand across the Cape Flats. And as the communities can see the benefits of recycling, we all hope that environmental awareness increases as well.