Owl Rescue Centre, a registered non-profit rehabilitation facility concerned with the well- being of all owl species in Southern Africa, has come up with an ingenious use for recycled plastic that benefits birds as well as raises funds for a much needed cause.
The organisation's founders, Brendan and Danelle Murray recently decided that, moving forward, all Owl Rescue Centre conservation products, including owl houses, bat houses and bee hives would be manufactured from recycled plastic instead of wood.
Says Brendan Murray: "This year we decided to implement a new and ground-breaking approach to environmental management, giving special attention and focus to plastic waste.
"This project will extend to an ocean clean-up mission and the acquisition of a sea-going vessel is on the agenda. We aim to recycle six-hundred tons of plastic per year, making this a feasible environmental project."
To this end the Murrays have started a scheme whereby members of the public can purchase a large plastic recycling bag for R199, delivered to your door for free and, when the bag is full, send a Whatsapp for free collection and a replacement bag.
"Plastic waste affects all the world’s oceans and seas and very little effort is currently applied to this matter in South Africa. With a believed 8.8 million metric tons of plastic waste that are dumped in oceans each year, widespread harm is caused to the marine environment.
"This is our project to try and reduce plastic waste and we hope the public will support us as it will not only go some way towards helping our precious environment but at the same time, it provides housing for our rehabilitated owls," he concludes.