SHANGRI-LA'S Fijian Resort and Spa is working with the Sigatoka Town Council to develop a waste management pilot project to help reduce biological waste being dumped at the Sigatoka landfill.
Resort general manager Michael Monks said the strategy they were developing would be an extension of the 3R — reduce, reuse and recycle — program.
"The main idea is to reduce waste in general terms with particular attention paid to biological waste, especially food," he said.
"We intend to extend the 3R program that has been established to a wider area and work with external agencies such as JICA and ORICA."
Mr Monks said while the project was presently in its infant stage, work was being done through the Shangri-La Fijian Marine Education Centre to spread the waste management gospel. "We have visited schools to teach children how to reduce waste in their households.
"In this way, waste management will not be limited to resorts but also include the wider community and this will reduce the amount of waste being dumped at the landfill."
Sigatoka special administrator Jay Whyte had revealed at a meeting two weeks ago that 75 per cent of all waste being dumped at the landfill came from resorts on the Coral Coast.
He also acknowledged the work being done by the resort to reduce waste.