Employing the ‘Four Rs’ when considering waste reduction

Saturday February 15, 2020 Written by Published in Environment
Rubbish bins at the Social Centre were removed this week after becoming a dumping ground. 20021420 Rubbish bins at the Social Centre were removed this week after becoming a dumping ground. 20021420

Rubbish is becoming a problem in Rarotonga.

 

Concerns about road side rubbish not been collected is growing and some people believe the landfill is overflowing.

Due to rubbish piling up and sometimes not been collected for three weeks and scavenged by animals, some have resorted to burning all of it, including plastics and food waste.

But waste programme coordinator Jaime Short has reassured locals the landfill may have a lot of rubbish in it, but it isn’t closed.

“If your rubbish is not being collected please check that it doesn’t have maggots in it, the recyclables have been separated and there are no electrical appliances in it,” she said.

“Hazardous items like batteries and appliances will not be collected on the roadside.”

 Short said they were working on a post-landfill solution now and announcements will be made soon.

Waste Management has always driven the message that sending rubbish to the landfill should be the last resort.

It’s also encouraged to think about “The Four Rs” (Refuse, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) when thinking about household waste management.

Solid waste generation is a serious problem in Cook Islands because of land scarcity and Short said everyone needs to do their bit to reduce waste.

In other news rubbish bins placed at the Social Centre have been removed due to them being used as dumping ground for domestic and unsorted waste often infested with maggots.

The bins were being emptied three times a week.

“Like bins have been placed in other locations around the island, they were there on a trial basis but unfortunately, it got to the point where it wasn’t nice for those responsible for picking it up.”

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