Te Ipukarea Society (TIS), Infrastructure Cook Islands (ICI) and Business Trade and Investment Board (BTIB) will receive the jars from the public and will send them over to the islands, says WATSAN director Jamie Short.
In a statement, Short said BTIB was working with small businesses in the Pa Enua who make value-added processed products using organic produce and was looking for ways to support them.
“One of those ways is providing used jars for ‘repurposing’,” said Short.
TIS have been collecting jars for this purpose already and staff say the preferred size jars are for 375g and 500g products such as Craigs jam jars and chow chow and relish jars. The lids cannot be reused, so there is no need to include these. New lids are imported by the spread makers. You’ll find TIS beside Bamboo Jacks in Avarua.
“As managers of the waste facility, we are very happy that individuals in the Pa Enua are wanting to re-use the jars and we know of course some Rarotonga residents are doing the same,” said Short. “This saves waste going to the landfill so we really would like the public to save the jars from their rubbish bins, give them a good wash and drop off in one of the three locations.
“The reuse concept is one of the Four “Rs” for waste management – Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and guides policies for waste management.”
For tips on recycling, see ICI website www.ici.gov.ck/recycling