How the Humble Bread Bag Tag Goes On to Great Things in South Africa

BRHS’ Food Services Supervisor Bev Dennis is collecting bread tags in the hospital kitchen for the Bread Tags for Wheelchairs program. Photo: Jake Lynch/BRHS

 

Usually, you just throw them out.

If you play guitar, you can sometimes use one for a pick.

But who ever knew that the humble bread bag tag had such grand ambitions?

The BRHS Green Team is now collecting bread bag tags for the Bread Tags for Wheelchairs program, which provides wheelchairs for people in South Africa that otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford them.

Here’s how it works:

The bread tags are gathered and sent to Aussie Bread Tags for Wheelchairs, which is the Australian arm of this South African nonprofit.

The tags are then sold to recycling companies in Australia and South Africa, that turn them into a range of products including seedling trays, door knobs and bowls.

The Green Team are making it easier for BRHS staff to recycle their bread tags. Specially-labelled tubs are being given to each ward/department of the hospital.

The money paid for the tags by the recycling companies are then used to buy wheelchairs. At present, about 500kg of bread tags are collected each month, which pays for 2-3 wheelchairs.

The bread tag drive at BRHS is being spearheaded by Dialysis Nurse Lisa Anderson, who is one of the leaders of BRHS’ Green Team.

“We are excited to explore all the ways we can improve sustainability here at the hospital, including reducing the amount of unnecessary waste we produce,” Lisa says. “This bread tags for wheelchairs drive is another great example of how we can recycle things we would otherwise just throw out, and make something good come of it too.”

The Green Team are making it easier for BRHS staff to recycle their bread tags.

  • Specially-labelled tubs are being given to each ward/department of the hospital.
  • When the tubs are full, staff can contact Environmental Services on 66655 to arrange for their tub to be emptied.
  • Laminated posters will also be given to each area to display with the collection tub.

For more information about the bread tag program, or the BRHS Green Team, contact Lisa Anderson on lisa.anderson@brhs.com.au