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Cabinet approves waste management laws

September 29
12:00 2011

Written By : Source: MINISTRY OF INFORMATION.

Cabinet has approved the Environment Management [Waste Disposal and Recycling] [Amendment] Regulations 2011, and the Environment Management [Container Deposit] Regulations 2011.
The Regulations provide the legal framework for the establishment of the Container Deposit and Refund Recycling System.
Cabinet based its decision on a submission by the Minister for Local Government, Urban Development, Housing and Environment, Colonel Samuela Saumatua.The Minister explained that Fiji consumes some 50 million containers of beverage per annum, and few of these containers were recycled and many (millions) were discarded improperly.
“Large quantities of used beverage containers end up as litter on streets, in waterways and beaches. Many containers flow out to sea harming our marine life.”
He said that in June this year, Cabinet agreed to the setting up of a container deposit and refund recycling system to create an incentive to ensure that all beverage containers are recycled.
The Minister explained that the Container Deposit system started with the producers and importers adding a compulsory deposit for every beverage produced or imported.
The Regulations come into effect on a date to be determined by the Minister.

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