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Aletta keeps material such as paper and books inside her house because she doesnt want them to get rain or make a mess in the yard
Lettia says recycling is better because you can make money and keep some of the things she collects.
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002 19.06.2012 Aletta keeps material such as paper and books inside her house because she doesnt want them to get rain or make a mess in the yard Lettia says recycling is better because you can make money and keep some of the things she collects. Picture:Sharon Seretlo
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Aletta keeps material such as paper and books inside her house because she doesnt want them to get rain or make a mess in the yard.
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003 19.06.2012 Aletta keeps material such as paper and books inside her house because she doesnt want them to get rain or make a mess in the yard. Picture:Sharon Seretlo
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Aletta says shes learned a lot from recycling, she says she now knows the importance of copper, Aluminum and iron. She says she tries to get at least lots of materials made out of copper and Aluminum because they pay a lot.
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005 19.06.2012 Aletta says shes learned a lot from recycling, she says she now knows the importance of copper, Aluminum and iron. She says she tries to get at least lots of materials made out of copper and Aluminum because they pay a lot. Picture:Sharon Seretlo
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Aletta Mnoko seats and read next to her mini library with books that she collect from waste. She says she enjoys reading and its away of taking her mid off things after a hectic day.
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010 19.06.2012 Aletta Mnoko seats and read next to her mini library with books that she collect from waste. She says she enjoys reading and its away of taking her mid off things after a hectic day. Picture:Sharon Seretlo
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Alleta Monoko has been recyling waste for 20 years, she recycles all kind of material and keeps it in her yard.
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433 19.06.2012 Alleta Monoko has been recyling waste for 20 years, she recycles all kind of material and keeps it in her yard. Picture:Sharon Seretlo
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Apart from her recyling Aletta Mnoko finds some time to sow her own pillows.
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007 19.06.2012 Apart from her recyling Aletta Mnoko finds some time to sow her own pillows. Picture:Sharon Seretlo

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Sharon Seretlo

Aletta Monoko lives with her family in a two-room RDP house in Orange Farm. She shares the house with her son Lerothodi, 23, and her two grandchildren Buhle Monoko and Keneuwe Monoko, both 11.

Monoko has been recycling for 20 years, and has never worked formally in her life.

She collects different kinds of material like paper, cans, bottles and books. She keeps everything in her yard because she doesn’t have land or space where she can work. And she sells small portions each month to scrap-yards and bottle companies.

Monoko has maintained her family with the little money she gets from selling scrap and bottles, but now she says that she has decided to stop, as Lerothodi is taking the drug nyaope, and has begun to steal from her. He has already stolen the money that Monoko had been saving to buy a piece of land on which she could develop her business. She says she kept her money in the house because she doesn’t like taking it to the bank. Now she’s lost everything.

Lerothodi is also taking some of the material she has outside her house to sell to feed his habit. Monoko says, sadly, that she does not know what to do, as she’s never done anything else in her life but recycle.