NES has received an increase in the administered budget in the new financial year 2023-2024 specifically allocated to address the safe disposal and removal of legacy waste, focusing on vehicles, electronic waste and whiteware on Rarotonga.
This increased funding allows NES to implement a comprehensive and effective program that tackles the environmental challenges associated with legacy waste. NES will work in partnership with relevant stakeholders in ensuring the safe removal and transportation of end-of-life vehicles, electronic waste and whiteware appliances based on an allocated budget. The program will aim to prevent further improper disposal practices and minimize the adverse environmental impact caused by legacy waste. As part of the deliverance of the program, NES will develop communication and awareness materials to engage and inform the community.
The approval of the budget increase by the Government demonstrates a significant commitment to addressing the pressing issue of legacy waste on Rarotonga. NES advises the community that this program is expected to start by August 2023. More details of the plans will be disclosed in the coming weeks.