SPREP signs recycling deal to send waste to China

Update: 5:41PM A NEW deal signed between the regional environment protection agency and a Chinese company could send waste material to Asia for recycling.

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment (SPREP) today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the China Navigation Company (CNCo) to have its vessels assist with the Pacific´┐Żs critical waste management issue.

Under the MOU, CNCo vessels will carry carry containers of waste from Pacific island ports for free to be sustainably treated and recycled in Asia Pacific ports.

Specific eligible ports are earmarked for the programme.

“This historic partnership will be of great benefit to our Pacific islands, and one for which we are very appreciative to The China Navigation Company,” said Mr Kosi Latu, Director General of SPREP.

“Our Pacific islands face an immense waste management challenge. With many geographical limitations, the Moana Taka Partnership can help us address the problem of taking our recyclable waste off island for proper recycling.”

“This is a great step, or shall we say paddle, in the right direction.”