Regional Manager of Collect-A-Can (PTY) LTD, Fredy Morwaagole, says he is determined to ensure that his company grows to become a dignified brand that will add value to the lives of Batswana.
Morwaagole ventured into the business after quitting his lucrative job at Population Services International (PSI) when he realized the potential that the business has.
“The company has its headquarters in Johannesburg and I manage the local operations. It wasn’t so popular when it was established here back in 1993 because Batswana associated it with litter, but now more and more people are beginning to show interest as there is a lot of money to be made in the business,” he says.
Collect-A-Can is a business that deals with collecting empty cans that get recycled for reuse.
Morwaagole says the company has agents all over the country who collect cans and compact them before selling to Collect-A-Can in large quantities at competitive prices.
“We have individuals and well established business people who work as our agents.
After collecting the cans they take them to a depot where we have put some compacting machines and that is where they get the cans compacted and ready for collection.
Some just bring the cans uncompacted but they have less value when sold in that state,” he adds.
The Collect-A-Can boss says they buy different types of cans as long as they are not too old and rusty.
“We buy steel cans such as your soft drinks and beer cans. If they are not compacted they are worth P1.20 per kg and P1.45 per kg if compacted.
We also buy food cans such as sardine and vegetable cans and aluminium cans such as the Red-Bull type,” he says.
Morwaagole says his company provides free transport for agents who do not have their own vehicles especially outside Gaborone.
“We get an average of 100 tonnes per month with 50% of it coming from Gaborone, 40% coming from the Francistown area and the rest coming from other peripheral areas.”
Morwaagole says he believes his company will help improve the lives of Batswana by fighting unemployment and keeping the environment clean.
“You don’t have to have any qualifications to be an agent.
You just need to collect as many cans as possible and make yourself some money.
There is not even any need to apply for the job.
As long as you can convince us that you are capable of doing the job then we can make arrangements to see how we can help you with the access to compacting and transportation.
We’re also an environmentally conscious company in that we keep the cans away from the streets,” he says.
Agents are paid instantly upon delivering the cans and Morwaagole says he is happy that a lot of people are beginning to appreciate his company’s services.
The business however is seasonal as it relies mostly on the people’s consumption rate.
“In winter the business is a bit low because people tend to drink less, but it picks up sharply in summer when drink consumption is high,” he observes.
Collect-A-Can are located at Plot 14398 along the new Lobatse road and they may be contacted at 3922717.