The MIEA has prioritised the waste management issues on the island in preparation for the islands centennial celebrations in June next year.
Currently the island has one disposal site in the village of Tamarua, which will soon close to the 2 remaining villages of Oneroa and Ivirua. NES staff from Rarotonga conducted a site inspection on 3 proposed sites, one site in Oneroa in which the land has been gifted by Muraa’i Kavana, Junior Harry, and another 2 sites in Ivirua gifted by the Pangemiro Kavana, Daddy Mauriati.
The Aronga Mana have also agreed that the current and proposed sites will have proper management plans in place and the community encouraged to play their part by ensuring that recyclables are separated into their appropriate categories ie, plastic bottles, aluminium cans, and glass bottles.
The sites will be fenced off to minimise illegal dumping.