Bottle and can recycling program
13 April, 2018, 12:00 am
FOR the past couple of weeks, we’ve been highlighting individuals that have been part of the Mission Pacific recycling program. This week we pay tribute to organisations who have been part of the program for some time now and quietly trying to do their bit for the environment.
We met University of the South Pacific (USP) Environmental Health and Safety officer Rahul Dutt who is trying to pursue his masters in micro plastics. According to Mr Dutt the university is trying to lower its waste profile and part of lowering their profile is recycling.
“All the bottles and cans are collected within the university premises from recycling bins that they have colour coded and strategically placed around the university and from the food courts on campus,” he said.
“The university makes at least two trips a month to the Mission Pacific centre to drop off the PET bottles and aluminum cans collected. USP has been part of the recycling program for about two years now and all earnings from the recycled bottles and cans are then put back into the university coffers.”
For Mr Dutt being an environmental health and safety officer is his small way of giving back however he does hope more can be done to increase the rate of PET bottles and cans that make it back to the Mission Pacific centre.
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.
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.