Trash to Treasure: Our Collective Responsibility to keep our Environment Clean

Just over 550kg of waste was collected from September to December 2023. This is alarming in a short period of time Waste that seeps into our environment can contaminate the soil and poses significant threat to the well-being of wildlife.
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NES runs an annual Clean Up the Cook Islands Campaign in September each year to coincide with World Clean Up Day.

In September 2023, a total of 357kg of waste was collected during the annual Clean Up the Cook Islands campaign in which over 100 volunteers participated in the event.

NES has also supported various community groups’ ‘Clean Up’ Programs around the Cook Islands.

In October 2023, as part of a community fundraiser, the Cook Islands National Rugby League team held a ‘Fundraiser with a Purpose’ as an alternative way of raising funds for the South Pacific Games held in November 2023. The waste collection activity was initiated by the athletes with Environment being a topic of interest. The national team collected a total of 174kg of waste with glass bottles making up the 127kg of total waste collected.

In November 2023, Nukutere College also participated in a community clean-up program on their area as part of their community service initiative, an annual program adopted by all secondary schools on Rarotonga.

Just over 550kg of waste was collected from September to December 2023. This is alarming in a short period of time Waste that seeps into our environment can contaminate the soil and poses significant threat to the well-being of wildlife. It also affects the broader biodiversity. Moreover, the adverse impacts on human health, emphasising the need to dispose waste responsibly (in marked rubbish bins at home for weekly collection) to preserve our island paradise.

The National Environment Service would like to thank Claytoncy and the Waste Management team at Infrastructure Cook Island for your continuous support towards the clean-up programs, Prime Foods Ltd and CITC Supermarket for the supply of reusable sacks and bags.

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The National Environment Service is established to protect, conserve and ensure the Cook Islands environment is managed sustainably. The agency is headed by a Director with delegated powers to carry out the functions of the Environment Act 2003.

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