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$53k for recyclable waste initiative

Torika Tokalau
Thursday, April 17, 2014

THE Suva City Council plans to implement the collection of recyclable waste in coloured coded bins soon.

Special administrator Chandu Umaria said this would include PET bottles, aluminium cans and waste paper.

"We call this project Central Collection Centre," he said.

"Collection points will be prepared at selected strategic locations such as ToTal Fiji-sponsored service stations and other public places. Residents are encouraged to bring their own recyclable wastes.

Mr Umaria said the implementation of this project was possible through the assistance of the Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA). JICA assisted with equipment as well promotional materials under the follow-up project of the newly upgraded SCC compost centre in Samabula.

"The large litter bins are for our popular picnic sports. This has been value-added by providing separate sections for recyclables and other food waste.

"And also, a consultant from JICA is working with us to support operation of project."

He said the $53,000 investment from JICA would anticipate a saving of about five to 10 per cent over the next five years. "All the components of these projects are expected to boost the benefits of sustainable solid waste management," he said

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