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Organisation encourages recycling of plastic waste

Vilimaina Naqelevuki
Sunday, February 25, 2018

PROJECT Survival held discussions with Precious Plastics, an international organisation that encourages the recycling of plastic waste, last week at the University of the South Pacific.

The talks were held in a bid to find creative ways to use waste plastic materials which would otherwise find its way into landfill.

Outgoing Project Survival co-coordinator, Lagi Seru, said members of his organisation learnt how the initiative could be introduced in the country.

"The team went through the processes and how to bring this to materialise in Fiji, where pollution (plastic materials) remains to be an issue as well as across the region," he said.

Thirty members of the youth group attended the session and Mr Seru said it was an eye-opener as it helped educate the group on how best to address the issue of plastic disposal.

Mr Seru added plastic pollution was a major issue for Fiji and other Pacific Island countries because of the indiscriminate disposal of plastic materials.

"We are ocean states, and pollution has posed a major issue, especially with plastic materials, which are now breaking into micro-plastics, that are being consumed unknowingly by marine species and fishes which ultimately end up on our dinner table.

"Any effort to reduce and reuse plastic materials will contribute to the protection of our oceans and environment.

"If we do not address the issue of pollution then we could face a situation by 2050 where we could have more plastics than fishes in our oceans."

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