Titā ki te Titā kore collects 90,000 kgs of waste to be shipped off island

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The National Environment Service (NES), in collaboration with the Cook Islands General Transport (CIGT), continues to deliver the Titā ki te Titā kore Project as the signature project that collects legacy waste across Rarotonga. It includes end of life vehicles, whiteware and electronic waste (e-waste).

Over 90,000 kilograms of waste are stored in 29 containers, comprising both 20-foot and 40-foot units, are being processed for exporting to New Zealand. The overwhelming support from the community, Punas and Government, has propelled this project to new records of legacy waste collection on Rarotonga. The positive feedback from all stakeholders including private households and commercial operators have been encouraging.

Based on the data collected from Matavera and Tupapa, most of the e-waste gathered primarily consisted of televisions screens, speakers and computers. Additionally, within the category of whiteware, fans (ceiling/standalone) and fridge’s/freezers were the popular items collected.

In Tupapa, a significant amount of electronic waste (e-waste) and whiteware has been collected for responsible disposal.

The project will continue in early 2024 by starting with the remaining Punas of Takuvaine and Avatiu/Ruatonga. NES will update the schedule and drop-off details with the public soon. We encourage residents in the remaining Punas to start preparing your waste and ensure items are clean and ready for drop-off.

With the high number of containers packed, availability of containers is becoming scarce hence we ask for your patience. NES thanks the hard work and dedication of the Punas and CIGT to produce a significant outcome of this project since its inception in August 2023.

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