Owl Rescue Centre, a registered non-profit rehabilitation facility in Hartbeespoort concerned with the well-being of all owl species in Southern Africa, has come up with a genius use for recycled plastic that benefits the 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.
Brendan Murray said: “This year we decided to implement a new and ground-breaking approach to environmental management, giving special attention and focus to plastic waste such as plastic bags and straws – two items that kill thousands of beautiful sea creatures each year. 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 600 tons of plastic per year, making this a feasible environmental project.”
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.
“The idea behind the plastic recycling project is to have the maximum impact on conservation, and not being able to use plastic bags and straws – which are huge culprits in the wide-spread harm caused by plastic – was a concern,” said Danelle Murray, founder of the Centre.
They’re now urging the community to help them recycle plastic to use as material for these houses.
“We’ve found a better way for community members to collect plastic items as well – we have large Plastic Recycle Bags that community members can buy and fill with their waste plastic. Once the bag is full, send us a WhatsApp and we’ll collect it. Our driver will replace the bag with an empty one and you are good to go again. We wanted to make it possible for each and every household to participate and recycle.”
The centre has already delivered 1 000 bags to members of the community, and has started collecting plastic. They’ve already collected enough to manufacture 120 owl houses.
They’ve requested that people squash their bottles and other plastics, in order to fill the bags with as much plastic as possible.
To buy a collection bag, you need to make a payment of R199 to:
- Account name: Owl Rescue Centre NPC
- Bank: Nedbank
- Current Account Number: 1030819580
- Branch Code: 198765
- Reference: Name and Surname.
Then email the proof of payment and a delivery address to email@example.com, and your bag will be delivered.
Owl Rescue Centre provides safe breeding sites for owls, by erecting Owl Houses in which certain owl species will nest, as a solution to the loss of natural habitat and nesting spots in urban development.
The Owl Houses are helping to grow the owl population in suburbs, creating a natural solution to rodent control.
So such thing as safe rodent poison
After extensive research Owl Rescue Centre found that there is no rodent poison on the market that guarantee not to cause secondary poisoning in owls.
The chemicals used to control rodents are being found in the livers of owls and are causing the deaths of an alarming quantity of birds of prey. The chemicals cause metabolic disruption and damage to tiny blood vessels, resulting in internal bleeding and ultimately death.
Owl Rescue Centre realized an alternative eco-friendly solution is required in order to convince the public not to use harmful chemicals. We designed a humane Owl-friendly Rat Trap to assist owls with rodent control.
The Owl-friendly Rat Trap is designed primarily to catch rats without killing or harming them. Food bait (not poisoned) is placed inside the cage part of the Rat Trap to lure the rodents to the trap. The rat or mouse enters the Rat Trap through a trap door to get to the bait. The rodent is caught alive and without injury; it is trapped with a supply of water and food. When you see a rodent in your trap, you can contact the Owl Rescue Centre to collect the rats to use as food for the owls in the rehabilitation centre. The collection of rats is a free service that the Owl Rescue Centre offers to those who make use of the Owl-friendly Rat Traps. Read more here.
Source: Krugersdorp News