The Dispatch visited the depot and saw tonnes of neatly compressed materials lining the warehouse walls in 1.5m squares.
Programme manager Acheampong said they collected more than 25 tonnes of recycling every three months from the NPO’s City Clean up initiative, or individual collectors in various communities.
Land of the Living employs eight permanent staff members and over 50 casual workers for their city cleanup programme and recycling plant.
Worley said: “This is a platform for environmental transformation and skills development. Our vision is to help young people create their own businesses.”
A once a week recycling collection service is also offered to residents.
“We have around 300 residents who pay R120 a month for us to collect their recycling. It’s a way to make it easier for people and is a big boost for us.”
Acheampong said: “It’s challenging trying to empower people. We have to change the mindset and build them up while working on the job.
“But it’s fun! My love for young people, to build trust and give them the opportunities to learn and make mistakes. I’m a father, a big brother and a teacher.”