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PET bottle & can recycling program

Source: Coca-Cola Amatil (Fiji) Ltd
Friday, February 23, 2018

MISSION Pacific recycling program is the only local beverage manufacturer to be engaged in recycling PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles to protect the environment.

The program started in 1999 by Coca-Cola Amatil (Fiji) Ltd and recycles more than 200 tonnes of PET annually. Consumers are encouraged to enjoy their beverages however being more mindful in how they dispose their plastic bottles and taking full advantage of their Mission Pacific program.

The program is supported by Motibhai's Sprint and Fiji Water.

Meet retired civil servant , Kena Sesario from Vunivau in Labasa.

Formally employed by the then Public Works Department (PWD) Mr Sesario found out about the Mission Pacific's recycling program five years ago when he visited the Coca-Cola factory. He is married with five children (one daughter and four sons) and has nine grandchildren.

After he retired, Mr Sesario said his family lived off his pension, however $30 a month wasn't much.

"I wanted to find another way to earn extra money so I decided to pick up bottles to recycle," said Mr Sesario.

"I'am proud of the work I do and sometimes people tell me it's a dirty job or I shouldn't be doing it but to me, it's honest work. It keeps me active, keeps my community clean and most importantly I get to look after my wife and we are not dependent on anyone."

He adds he was fortunate to be able to afford a wheel chair for his wife which is quite expensive and cost him more than $1000.

"Now I want to make a better house for my wife so it's easier for her to move around," he said.

"During the week I would walk around Nadawa, Valelevu, Laqere and Kinoya — these are the areas I visit to pick up bottles. Laqere always has so many empty bottles and rainy days are the best days for picking them up. I usually visit the rivers and streams because all the bottles pile up and block the streams and river passages. I don't know where they all come from but on rainy days they all come downstream and could easily fill half a big bag with PET bottles. Sometimes I visit festivals because people always leave their bottles and cans behind. I usually separate the cans from the bottles and if I'm lucky I could get up to $50 for a bag."

Mr Sesario recycles the bottles he collects every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Coca-Cola Amatil (Fiji) Ltd.

For more information call 3394 240, Monday to Friday during business hours. Opening hours for receipt of empty plastic bottles and cans are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9am to 1pm.

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