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Swire, SPREP Team Up To Combat Waste Management Problems

Swire, SPREP Team Up To Combat Waste Management Problems
CNCo Managing Director James Woodrow.
September 12
10:00 2018

Communities in the Pacific Islands are facing some of the most pressing environmental challenges of our time.

Swire Shipping through its parent body the China Navigation Company (CNCo) is committed to being part of its solution, says CNCo Managing Director James Woodrow.

Mr Woodrow made the comment after CNCo and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment (SPREP) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to address critical waste management issues in the Pacific Islands this year.

The MOU known as the Moana Taka Partnership allows CNCo vessels to transport containers of recyclable waste from eligible Pacific Island ports, pro bono, to be sustainably treated and recycled in suitable ports in Asia Pacific.

“As soon as we became aware of the critical need for sustainable waste management in the region, we worked urgently with SPREP and UN Environment to put this partnership in place,” Mr Woodrow said.

Under this agreement, Pacific island countries who have insufficient or inappropriate landfill space to store waste, have inadequate waste treatment facilities, and the financial inability to ship recyclable waste are eligible for this opportunity.

The types of materials that are considered recyclable include asbestos Containing Material (ACM),       discarded “single use plastics”, e-waste, typically end-of-life electrical and electronic products,       medical waste, Polychlorinated Bi-Phenols (PCBs), Residual Ozone Depleting Substances/Freon’s (ODS),  Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), waste Oils plastic materials, aluminium cans, waste oil and ozone depleting substances.

As part of CNCo’s commitment to this partnership, the Swire Shipping Fiji Branch has begun negotiations with local recycling companies in arranging paper and plastic bottles re-exportation to China for recycling. The shipment of these recyclable wastes to China is to be taken care by a CNCo vessel.

Swire Shipping Regional Manager Pacific Islands, Chris De Villiers said that in putting this partnership into practice they have begun works and negotiations in the collection of recyclable waste to be recycled.

“We take interest in the Pacific environment and we are committed to solving the problem of improper waste disposal,” Mr De Villers said.

“We currently have three containers of expired bottled water as detained shipment, we are in the process of compressing the empty bottles and this will be sent to a local recycling company for further works before it is shipped out of the country by our vessel to be recycled,” he said.

Countries eligible for these opportunities are: American Samoa, Cook Islands, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Wallis and Futuna.

 

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