Titā ki te Titākore Project completed for Takuvaine and RAPA Ruatonga/Avatiu/Panama/Atupa

NES, in collaboration with CIGT, is actively implementing the Titā ki te Titākore Project - Legacy Waste Collection across Rarotonga. Having successfully completed the majority of the Puna’s on the island, the initiative has resulted in the collection of over 100,000 kilograms of waste. Currently, 30 containers, comprising both 20-foot and 40-foot units, have been exported to New Zealand, ensuring proper and sustainable waste management.
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NES, in collaboration with CIGT, is actively implementing the Titā ki te Titākore Project – Legacy Waste Collection across Rarotonga. Having successfully completed the majority of the Puna’s on the island, the initiative has resulted in the collection of over 100,000 kilograms of waste. Currently, 30 containers, comprising both 20-foot and 40-foot units, have been exported to New Zealand, ensuring proper and sustainable waste management. The project stands as a testament to its success, earning positive feedback from both residential, commercial sectors and other countries within the Pacific Region.

Based on the data collected from Takuvaine (TKV) and Ruatonga, Avatiu, Panama and Atupa (RAPA), majority of the E-Waste gathered primarily consisted of televisions/flat screens, speakers and computers. Additionally, within the category of whiteware, fans (ceiling/standalone) and fridge’s/freezers were the predominant items collected. A total of eight (8) 20’-foot containers and three (3) 40’ containers of waste was collected

Takuvaine Data Collection
The community gathered a total of 276 computers, 187 TVs/Flat Screens, 11 stereos, 1 solar panel, and 712 other electronic devices. In the whiteware category, items include 50 fridge/freezers, 0 chillers/double door fridges, 54 washing machines, 4 dryers, 27 ovens/stoves, 49 microwaves, 2 dishwashing units, 23 air-conditioning units, 13 vacuums, 11 water coolers, 4 water heaters, 21 electric jugs/coffee machines, 48 toasters, 6 sewing machine, 97 fans (ceiling/standalone), and 124 other items. The vehicles category contributed 4 cars/vans/trucks and 16 bicycles.

RAPA Data Collection
In RAPA, a significant amount of electronic waste (e-waste) and whiteware has been collected for responsible disposal. The community gathered a total of 171 computers, 167 TVs/Flat Screens, 17 stereos, 473 other electronic devices, 98 Fridge/Freezers – small & large, and various other whiteware items. Additionally, the disposal efforts included 4 motorbikes, and 1 bicycle.

CIGT and NES are preparing for a final concerted effort to tackle the remaining legacy waste on Rarotonga. A decisive push will be initiated to clean up and mitigate the impact of legacy waste on the island. We urge both the residential and commercial members of the public who have not yet participated in this program to prepare their inventory waste for proper disposal and sound management. Your cooperation is crucial in ensuring the success of this initiative and the long-term environmental well-being of Rarotonga.

NES appreciates the dedication of the CIGT staff in delivering this project. We appreciate your patience as we work collectively to deliver this project. Dates, time and drop off sites below:

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