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Treasure from trash

Vishaal Kumar
Thursday, February 08, 2018

RECYCLED rubbish can be turned into treasured accessories and artefacts in many forms to benefit people and help save the environment.

In doing so, a group of volunteers from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Pacific have taken it upon themselves to help protect the environment and make good use of the recycled rubbish they collect.

The "Plastic Pollution Free Campaign" was currently run by the WWF-Pacific volunteers program as part of their anti-litter pollution initiative in the country.

Conservation co-ordinator WWF-Pacific volunteers program Napolioni Drose said the idea of the program was established in 2013 by volunteers Albert Manuel and Steven Lee.

Mr Drose said it was established as a voluntary Ocean Conference commitment towards minimising the use of plastics in the country.

"It also incorporates activities such as creating art and household accessories from waste plastic — this is aimed at citizens who are keen in making a living out of this venture," Mr Drose said.

"We have a total of 30 active youth members who make time for a genuine course in volunteerism duties. This initiative is a commitment we have been running and we will continue until all our objectives are met. This doesn't mean we will stop our commitment towards the environment and its habitat."

He said their volunteering work would always play a huge part in creating awareness and taking action when required.

"As of now, this act of civic duty has been introduced into our normal everyday lives and we are proud of it and we would like to share this with everyone," he said.

He said their major objective was to create a plastic-free future for Fiji — through campaigns and awareness programs — to instil positive behaviour on all Fijians.

"We strongly stand against litter in Fiji and have embodied this value with each and every member of our volunteer group," he said.

He said every year, they took part in the International Coastal Cleanup day, which involved clean-up drives along the Nasese area, which were heavily polluted.

"We understand and are always mindful of pollution on other shores beyond the outskirts of Suva which we will incorporate in our program to raise this initiative."

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