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Hoteliers Applaud Plastic Levy

The chairperson of the Coral Coast chapter of the Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association, Peter Hopgood, and members applaud the decision by Government to impose the 10-cent plastic bag levy.
04 Aug 2017 11:00
Hoteliers Applaud Plastic Levy
Milika Gade 54 (left), of Tailevu with members of Ba Women’s Forum and Assistant Women's Minister Veena Bhatnagar was the first customer to shop with re-usable cloth shopping bag after it was launched by Prime Minister Voreqeq Bainimarama at RB Patel Supermarket, Laucala beach on August 01, 2017. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

The chairperson of the Coral Coast chapter of the Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association, Peter Hopgood, and members applaud the decision by Government to impose the 10-cent plastic bag levy.

He said hopefully shoppers would start to take their own reusable shopping bags to reduce the number of plastic bags in the environment.

“We have been lobbying Government for the past five years to get rid of plastic bags in our local township of Sigatoka,” he said. “The imposition of the levy is heading in the right direction.”

In the coming months the Coral Coast hoteliers will be distributing reusable shopping bags to all of the school children in the province of Nadroga/ Navosa.

“We have re-launched our “No Plastic – That’s Fantastic” campaign and we are also currently undertaking competitions for the Cleanest School and Cleanest Village in the province of Nadroga/Navosa,” he said.

“As resort operators we truly believe that it is imperative that we present guests that come to Fiji with a clean pristine environment.”

He said the Government of the day should increase the number of litter inspectors nationwide in the fight against litter.

“We call on Government to increase the number of litter inspectors so that those people who abuse our environment are taken to task,” he said.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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