Parents of Morit International School, Ajegunle, Lagos state and management of the school has reached an agreement to pay their children’s school fees using waste plastic bottles.
This was made possible after the school adopted the RecyclesPay Education project which was an initiative of African Clean Up Initiative (ACI), a non-governmental organization in Lagos.
The school, which was reportedly a low-income one adopted the initiative to ease the burden of parents, most especially those that find it hard to pay their children’s school fees.
Wecycler, one of the largest recycling companies in Lagos is in charge of collecting the plastic bottles.
Speaking on the development, Patrick Mbamara, Proprietor of the school, described the effort as a welcome initiative, as it is helping to mitigate the financial burden of many parents.
“It is helping to cushion the financial burden of parents in the school. We have a history of parents finding it difficult to pay each term school fees of N7,500,” he said.
“The money from the PET bottles is not much but it balances for what the parents can pay. My staff and I are happy with this initiative. It has improved parents’ payment of school fees and it teaches the children how to manage their waste and promote a cleaner environment.”
Speaking on the importance of RecyclesPay and the whole initiative, Alex Akhigbe, Chief Environmental Officer of the ACI, said the money realized by each parent might look small but it is of value too. He said further that a kilo of the sorted plastics goes for N20 to N25, adding that little drops of money realized help make up for the balance of the school fees.
“PET bottles in the past were seen as waste but they are not anymore,” he said.
“Parents can raise money from collecting them and making them available to recyclers. They, in turn, convert them to other products usable by man.
“The recyclers weigh the plastic bottles and pen the kilogram each parent brought. A kilogram goes for N20 to N25 per kilo, depending on the recycler. If a parent comes with 10kilo, he or she will get N200 to N250. It looks like a huge effort is required. However, it’s valuable to the environment and parents struggling to pay their children’s fees.
“Wecyclers come two times a week to collect the sorted waste from the parents. This is to encourage parents who do not have space in their homes to be storing the waste,” HE concluded.