With the help of the local education consultant Joyce Malema and the "waste professional" Klaus Schätte from Cologne, Theda Gräfin Knyphausen founded the waste project "Waste Management" in Maun in 2014.
In small groups, the so-called "Environmental Club" at various local schools, 30-40 children of different ages are taught the topics of waste separation, recycling and waste avoidance. The theoretical part also includes practical lessons and the children quickly learn to sort the waste at their school into the new different bins.
For the children and young people from Maun it was the first time at the beginning of the project to be confronted with the topic of waste and its consequences.
Gecco Investment is an important partner for the project. The local company, based in Maun, separates the waste for businesses and lodges in the region and then brings it to South Africa for recycling. Botswana does not yet have its own recycling infrastructure, so trips to the neighbouring country are indispensable. The emptied vehicles are then loaded with goods that are needed in Maun and the surrounding area after delivery of the garbage.