The tags, which are used to seal the plastic bags in which bread is sold, is made of high density polystyrene. It is suitable for recycling and can be used again to manufacture products such as seedling trays, frames, skirtings, cornices and coat hangers.
For every 247,5 kg of tags that is collected a wheelchair is donated to a needy person. Sasko, Kwikloc and CE Mobility have also become involved in the project and each donates another wheelchair for every wheelchair which is donated because of the collection projects.
Special containers have been placed at all municipal cashier points as well as at libraries so that the public can deposit their bread tags there.
This country-wide project was started approximately six years ago by Ms Mary Honeybun of Noordhoek in the Cape, and is now co-ordinated by the Polystyrene Packaging Council of South Africa. Approximately 400 wheelchairs have already been donated to needy persons through the project.
Belinda Nel and Jason Damons with some of the bread tags that have been collected so far. Much more is however needed.