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Recycling Machines Will Eradicate Plastic Waste

Recycling Machines Will Eradicate Plastic Waste
Members of Precious Plastic Fiji at USP Laucala Campus
October 12
11:00 2018

The more plastic we recycle in Fiji means the less plastic that will end up in the ocean, says Zen Waqavonovono.

He is a member of Pre­cious Plastic Fiji, a non-government organisa­tion (NGO) dedicated to the eradication of plastic waste since its inception in November last year.

Plans are underway to import plastic recycling machines to begin a plastic recycling programme.

It is being facilitated through a collaboration be­tween Precious Plastic Fiji, UNICEF and Field Ready Fiji, a local branch of a USA-based NGO.

Ade Ogunniyi of Field Ready will lead the team through training on assem­bling the machines, and the process and procedures that are pertinent to recy­cling plastic.

“We are planning to work with the Fiji Vocational Technical Training Cen­tre for Persons with Dis­abilities. So we will have the Precious Plastics team teach the students and teachers on how to work those machines,” she said.

“You can recycle plastic into anything plastic, so they can develop spare parts for their wheelchairs or any other tools that they use or they can create something new that will help them with their mo­bility.

“We are interested in helping the schools recycle plastics, learn how to sepa­rate, wash and recycle,” she said.

Ms Ogunniyi said that while Field Ready was han­dling the importation, the machines would belong to Precious Plastics and it was up to them on how they carried out recycling afterwards.

Mr Waqavonovono said: “We are still in the plan­ning stages on how opera­tions will be conducted in terms of procuring raw material which is the waste plastic,” Mr Waqavonovo­no said.

“There is no limit on what we can make with the plas­tic that we recycle, but we would prefer to make our own products so that way we are more in control of what becomes of the plas­tic and where it ends up.”

Edited by Percy Kean

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