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Council to turn trash into cash

Felix Chaudhary
Friday, June 01, 2012

THE Lautoka City Council plans to implement PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottle and can recycling programs, similar to those being used in Japan, in an effort to reduce these being dumped indiscriminately and also to gain much needed revenue.

Lautoka special administrator Praveen Bala said while Fiji was on a par with or ahead of Japan in recycling organic waste, we had a lot to learn from them about recycling bottles and cans. They have turned the recycling of bottles and cans into an industry where everybody benefits. All bottles and cans are recycled into other products which generate income and there is hardly any found littered around which is good for the environment. This is something we will be looking at implementing in Lautoka, he said.

Mr Bala was speaking to The Fiji Times after returning from an Eco Island Symposium which was held in Okinawa, Japan two weeks ago.

Held in Ginowan City hosted participants from government, the private sector and non-governmental organisations from the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Tonga attend the event.

Mr Bala said among other topics discussed was the direct threat of urbanisation and climate change to the environment and freshwater resources on small island states.


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