Artist Dbongz wins glass recycling Art for Glass Graffiti Competition

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The Glass Recycling Company (TGRC) has announced the winner of their inaugural Art for Glass Graffiti Competition, the exceptionally talented Dbongz Mahalathi. Pre-empting this competition, was the realisation that many individuals are keen to recycle, but often are not sure where to do so. For this reason, TGRC hosted the competition to draw Jozi residents’ attention to the numerous glass banks in the city.

The process saw the top three finalists having to paint various glass banks in Johannesburg, their glass bank entries then went through a gruelling judging process.  Second place was awarded to Durban resident, the Damn Vandal and third place to admired artist, Mars.

Dbongz as he is known, is a self-taught, graffiti/street artist from Mohlakeng, located in the west of Johannesburg. He started participating in graffiti and street art in 2008, when he first came to the city to attend university. He fell in love with the vibrance it provoked in mundane spaces. He is well-known for his large-scale portraits.

CEO of The Glass Recycling Company, Shabeer Jhetam commented on the process of selecting a winner; “It was not an easy task with so many talented graffiti artists entering the competition and a phenomenal line up of the three finalists. The artworks showcased by the finalists on our glass banks is incredible. To help us select the final winner, various criteria and factors were considered including use of colour, environmental consideration, overall likeability, creativity and technique.”

Glass banks that have been painted include one on Bompas Road, Dunkeld; Corner Café, Craighall; Macy’s Spar in Alberton; Engen Garage on Malibongwe Dr; one at Caltex on Cedar Road in Fourways and one at Moyo at Zoo Lake.

About TGRC:
The Glass Recycling Company (TGRC) consists of a team dedicated to increasing glass recycling in South Africa. We are passionate about ensuring every South African realises the value of recycling glass and actively embraces this practice.

We strive to educate, enable, encourage and inspire individuals to separate their glass for recycling, but do not physically collect or recycle the glass. Our focus extends beyond consumers and communities, but also on trade, industry and corporate South Africa. We also aim to uplift impoverished communities by creating income generating opportunities and skills development in the recycling sector. TGRC is funded by our committed members who manufacture glass or package their products in glass. We believe in the infinite potential of glass to make a real and positive contribution to society. At TGRC we are committed to show that glass recycling is worth the effort!

TGRC’s mandate is to increase awareness of glass recycling in South Africa. The team are passionate about ensuring every South African realises the value of recycling glass and actively embraces this practice. TGRC believes in the infinite potential of glass to make a real and positive contribution to society. TGRC is committed to prove that glass recycling is worth the effort! For info visit  like the Facebook page: www.tgrc.co.za  or www.facebook.com/TheGlassRecyclingCo/