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Recycling is the answer

Simione Haravanua
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

PEOPLE are still not educated about recycling papers and they still don't know where to drop waste papers, says South Pacific Waste Recyclers operations manager Sanjay Kirpal.

Mr Kirpal said the company provided assistance to the public in terms of recycling waste papers.

"We provide our trucks, bags, stands and boxes for the office. There is no excuse, the media has to tell the people about this, plus it's free of charge," he said. "When the bag is full, our collection team will pick up the bag and replace it with an empty bag at no cost to you. Our request is for people to keep this bags under shelter and whereby vehicles can have easy access," he said.

The recycling company collects about 7.5 tonnes of waste paper per day and crushes about 500 kilograms of paper.

Mr Kirpal added that the company received a fair amount of waste paper while the rest of the papers were either burned or thrown away as rubbish.

"The company only gets 80 per cent of waste papers while 20 per cent of papers are burned or thrown away," he said.

The company collects paper from the greater Suva area while the establishment of a new factory in the Western Division is ongoing, with a small amount of waste paper supplied from the North.

Meanwhile, people can collect writing paper, envelopes, drawing paper, index sheets, scratch paper, reports stapled, bond stock, pad sheets, textbooks (hardcover), manila folders, photocopy paper, writing pads, newspapers and magazines for recycling. The recycled waste paper is then converted into toilet tissue under the brand name Nambawan.

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