Smutsville Recycle SwopShop

The Smutsville Recycle Swop Shop is the main freshStart Sedgefield empowerment project. It is situated at Smutsville Primary School in Smutsville and operates from 13h30 to 16h00 every Wednesday during school terms. It is aimed at children aged 3 to 16 years. Between 200 and 300 children per week exchange recyclable material for mula points and then trade these points for new and second hand goods (clothes, shoes, toiletries, stationery, and toys).

Donors provide these treasures in kind or cash. Recognising that the children work hard for their points, we ensure that only items in good condition are made available, and that there is a great variety to choose from.

In this loving and safe environment, children learn valuable life lessons. They are encouraged to save their points if they want to buy more expensive items like a bicycle. Those who save, earn monthly interest. The children learn the reward of achieving goals through effort and perseverance, thus helping themselves, while growing in confidence and self-respect. Promotions like Book Day, Winter Woollies, and year-end bonus points, add excitement to our project.

Every child gets a fruit at the end of their shopping experience and has the option of joining the Kiddies’ Corner: a fun place where volunteers facilitate educational games, play-dough, colouring in, and simple crafts. Here we aim to improve fine motor skills, teach problem solving and social intelligence through play.

Basic first aid is available. Martie Rooi, who runs a First Aid station in Smutsville, volunteers at the SwopShop and skilfully treats skin infections, cuts and burns.

Like every other township, parts of Smutsville are littered with waste. Trying to encourage the general clean-up of the community, we also weigh street waste. Sporadically we take the children onto the streets and show them how to earn more points and keep their neighbourhood clean by collecting street rubbish.

In 2018, the children collected a total of 44 624 kg of waste.

Statistics

freshStart SwopShop Monthly Totals – 2018
Month Children Items Plastic Tin Paper Glass Cardboard General Street TOTAL Ave (kg)
JAN 768 1762 1171.5 94.5 0 2645 318 1394.5 2.5 5626 7.27
FEB 981 2814 1380 134.5 0 1830.5 638 1348.5 0 5331.5 5.41
MARCH 288 1098 469.5 52 0 653.5 188.5 594.5 0 1958 6.80
APRIL 756 1843 1194.5 123.5 13 1596.5 345.5 1188.5 0 4461.5 5.90
MAY 877 1703 1047 136 25 1768.5 679 857.5 26 4539 5.16
JUNE 423 783 459 62 32 1164.5 287 395 8 2407.5 5.69
JULY 441 847 634 106.5 24 1513 265.5 461 15.5 3019.5 6.85
AUG 1047 1986 1015 186 43 3125 782 1267 16.5 6434.5 6.15
SEPT 251 509 263.5 59.5 0 875 252 271 0 1721 6.86
OCT 859 2335 1136.5 173.5 35 2789.5 601 754 2 5491.5 6.39
NOV 603 2621 689.5 89.5 58 1418 449 905 25 3634 6.03
TOTALS 7294 18301 9460 1217.5 230 19379 4805.5 9436.5 95.5 44624 6.24

freshStart SwopShop Totals – 2017

Children Items Plastic Tin Paper Glass Cardboard General Street TOTAL Ave (kg)
6941 14781 9599 1555 239 19739 4587.5 7165 127 43015.5 6.2

freshStart SwopShop Totals – 2016

Children Items Plastic Tin Paper Glass Cardboard General Street TOTAL Ave (kg)
6383 13101 6835.5 1483.5 569 15224 4073 8027.5 203 36415 5.7