The drop-off point for ecobricks at Pick n Pay Hermanus has been highly successful and close on 150 bricks that were dropped off before Christmas were delivered to the Khayelitsha Recreational Centre.

The project will continue this year under the leadership of Hermanus Pick n Pay Customer Services Manager, Candice Martin, pictured here with some of the bricks that were dropped off at the store. “Our aim is to start a local project during the year where we can use these bricks to better the lives of locals,” says Candice. Residents who are making ecobricks can drop them in the collection trolley in the shop. An
ecobrick is a 500 ml, 1 litre, 2 litre or 5 litre plastic bottle compacted to capacity with non-recyclable material.

How do you make an EcoBrick?

1. Collect your clean and dry household waste. We recommend only waste that you cannot recycle (like dog food bags), but you can EcoBrick anything non-biodegradable and dry, such as bread packets, cellophane, cereal packets, chips packets, chocolate wrappers, cling
wrap, dog and cat food pellet packets, foil packets, plastic bags and packets, plastic or foil packaging for pills and medication, polystyrene trays and containers, till slips, etc.

2. It is very important that all material needs to be cut up into small pieces and that it should be clean and dry. No sand is to be used.

3. Twist your waste and insert it into a 2L bottle. Compress it as tightly as you can with a stick. There should not be any air gaps in the bottle as you are producing a brick substitute.

4. Keep doing this – make sure your bottle is unsquishable. A 500 ml brick should weigh about 200 g, a 1 litre brick must weigh at least 350 g and a 2 litre bottle-brick must be at least 500 g. The bottles must have their lids on.

5. Think your EcoBrick is done? If you can squeeze it by more than 10% with one hand you should add more waste.

6. No longer squishable? It’s done! Celebrate and contribute your EcoBrick to the Pick n Pay project. Making EcoBricks is not about encouraging the production of plastic, but rather a temporary means of protecting the environment while we humans figure out a way to cut plastic out of our lives altogether.

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