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ENVIRONMENT Students To Receive 15,000 Reusable Bags In No Plastic, That’s Fantastic Campaign

ENVIRONMENT Students To Receive 15,000 Reusable Bags In No Plastic, That’s Fantastic Campaign
Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort general manager Peter Hopgood (right), with Nadroga/ Navosa Education Officer Shalendra Rao during the launch of the ‘No Plastic- That’s Fantastic’ campaign at the Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort in Sigatoka on September 8, 2017. Photo: Arieta Vakasukawaqa
September 09
14:51 2017

The Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association Coral Coast Chapter will be distributing 15,000 reusable shopping bags to school children within the Nadroga/Navosa province next week as part of its No Plastic-That’s Fantastic campaign.

Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort General Manager, Peter Hopgood said they have decided to take a different approach in combating rubbish problems while launching the campaign at the Reef Conference Room at Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort in Korotogo yesterday.

“The Coral Coast Chapter of the Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association rather than having clean up all the time, we actually want to fix the rubbish within the environment at the source,” Mr Hopgood said.

“Our biggest challenge in Fiji is that there are too many plastic bags so we have come up with the idea to distribute 15,000 reusable shopping bags to school children within the province of Nadroga/ Navosa,” he added.

Mr Peter Hopgood who is also the Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association Coral Coast Chapter chairman said they have organised a poster competition for schools in all grades within the province.

Grade winners in the Nadroga/Navosa schools poster competition win $100 each while the cleanest school wins $1000.

They are also working in partnership with the Health Ministry to engage health inspectors to assess the cleanest village competition in the province. The winning village gets $1000.

He added that the health inspectors would visit villages within the province to assess the cleanest village.

Warwick Fiji General Manager, Brad Downton said they were excited to be part of the initiative.

As hoteliers along the Coral Coast, he added they had an obligation to nullify the impact of environmental pollution on their businesses.

He added it was a great way to contribute to the community as well.

Naviti Resort General Manager, Ross Greenaway said it was best way to get the message across to people.

“This is a best way to invest in the future of Fiji, to do it through the children and we are looking forward to be part of it,” he said.

Nadroga/Navosa acting Sub-divisional Health Inspector, Manasa Racava said that one of the biggest issues causing environment pollution was plastic bags.

Nadroga/ Navosa Education Officer, Shalendra Rao said the competition would help create awareness among students on the impact plastics have on the environment.

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

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