Rubbish Wrap

Rubbish Wrap uses waste as a resource to free the imagination: a talking tree’s leaves make homes for worms; a bottle top shark sings “Free the Sea!!” and magical musical recycling machine has some surprises in store.

Rubbish Wrap is a play about the cycle of waste and the transfer of energy in nature’s own recycling system from one organism to another through the food chain. It contrasts the linear chain of consumption from raw materials to the dumpsites of the industrialised world. Through game show participation, Rubbish Wrap creates an opportunity for the audience to find alternatives to being wasteful and encourages them to reduce, reuse and recycle at home.

Rubbish Wrap is 45 minutes in duration and is suitable for Grades 4-9.

“The show was very educational and what they [learners] learnt today they will be able to use at school and at home.” St. Louis Primary School

Jungle Theatre Company was commissioned by City of Cape Town Environmental Resource Management Department to create a short 20 min play to complement the waste chapter in The Smart Living Handbook in 2008. Rubbish Wrap was toured to schools as part of the Youth Environmental Schools’ (YES) Waste Wise Week in 2008 and 2009 and was accompanied by a 45 minute workshop. For the YES Blue Flag beach programme in March 2009, which focussed on marine and coastal pollution, the play and workshop were combined in a 45 minute interactive play and returned to the Blue Flag campaign in 2011.


  • City of Cape Town Environmental Resource Management Department (YES)
  • NOW Project