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‘Friends’ to clean-up Colbyn wetland – Rekord Moot

A clean-up and recycling day has been planned for the Colbyn wetland nature reserve.

Jana Pieters of Friends of Colbyn Valley said this would be the first time a recycling day was held.

“The day is held to celebrate recycling week which is celebrated every year this time,” she said.

“We normally host wetland day in February but we decided to start another event to make more people aware of the wetland.

“A variety of recycling companies will be joining us on the day to explain how and what to recycle.”

“The companies will also be there to collect recyclable goods, so bring along your paper, plastic, steel and electronic waste.”

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Pieters said the event would kick off on 14 September, at 10:00, at the Colbyn scout hall in Kilnterton Road.

She urged volunteers to bring all their recyclables, including e-waste.

“There will also be various information stalls set up for visitors about recycling,” she said.

“Of course, they will also get a chance to walk around in the wetland and assist with a clean up.”

For the wetland walk and clean-up, Pieters asked residents to bring their own water/refreshments, sun block, hat, old clothing, comfortable walking shoes or gumboots.

She said gloves and rubbish bags would be provided by the Tshwane metro.

“The gloves are only adult size though, so it is recommended that you provide gloves for any children you bring along,” she said.

Pieters said regular clean-ups were held at the wetland.

Area ward councillor Siobhan Muller said the move by Friends of Colbyn Valley was an “excellent initiative”.

“Friends of Colbyn Valley do great work at the wetland and their work is very appreciated,” she said.

“We fully support them and the work that they do.”

Kilnerpark resident and local councillor Roelof Fourie said the clean-up and recycling action was appreciated.

“Because I live in Colbyn myself (but it is not my ward), I think the recycling day is a very good idea, especially since a ‘how to recycle’ lesson/presentation will be given,” Fourie said.

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“I wholeheartedly support the idea and the project.”

The wetland that separates Kilner Park and Colbyn also has a 7 000-year-old peatland.

Peat is a special type of wetland made of peat – a soil that originated from semi-fermented plants.

The area known as the Colbyn Valley was originally part of the farm, Koedoespoort.

The portion of the farm located on the wetland was later allocated to the University of Pretoria for agricultural research and eventually donated to the metro as a nature reserve.

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