Plastic ban plan at ROC

Heilala Creations stall owners (from left) Felomela Niurou, Hefulava Pamela and Pamela Kamaile during the ROC Market in Suva yesterday. Picture: JONA KONATACI

THE organisers of the monthly ROC Market are working towards having the event plastic-free by the end of the year.

Market co-ordinator Ellana Kalounisiga said they introduced a plastic bag ban during the event last month and hoped to achieve this goal fully by December.

“The market is always well attended whenever it is organised on the third Sunday of every month. It is the biggest street market in the country and people always look forward to attending,” Mrs Kalounisiga said.

“The market has been sponsored by Gold FM and the ROC CafĂ©. Today we have 76 stalls here. Stall numbers are always up and down but we normally sit at 85 to 90 stalls.

“Lots of food stalls, handmade clothes, arts, crafts, jewellery, homewares, children’s educational items and plants are for sale at the market.”

She said they were also looking for more new vendors to join the market and showcase, sell and promote their items.

“We are also doing a food drive as part of the our charity today (yesterday) for the animals at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and we are also supporting Pacific Dialogue Ltd in the fight against human trafficking,” she said.

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