SAN FRANCISCO - MARCH 2: Recycled plastic bottles are seen at the San Francisco Recycling Center March 2, 2005 in San Francisco, California. Bottled water is the single largest growth area among all beverages, more than doubling over the last decade. Only about 12 percent of plastic bottles, mostly water, were recycled in 2003, according to industry consultant R.W. Beck, Inc. Since most bottled water is consumed away from home where recycling isn't an option, an estimated 40 million bottles a day go into the trash or become litter. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Namibia’s Moreson School for the cognitively impaired set new record in the southwestern African nation’s 10th edition of the annual 2018/19 Schools Recycling Competition (SRC), Recycle Namibia Forum (RNF) said Tuesday.

The school for children with special needs managed to collect a total of 30 tonnes of recyclables, which amounts to 219 kg per learner and set a new record from the 179 kg collected by the Dagbreek School in 2016, RNF Coordinator, Anita Witt said Tuesday.

“It is encouraging to see that the competition keeps growing from strength to strength, and is seen as a valuable component of the learners’ environmental education,” said Witt.

According to RNF Chairperson, Gloudi de Beer, the total volume of recyclables collected and diverted from landfill by the different schools amounted to 132 tonnes during the past year.

Launched in early 2009 with 10 schools, statistics from the SRC are indicative of the increased awareness of the growing environmental awareness overall, he said.

The competition has managed to attract more than 40 schools. Enditem

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