Recycling in Fiji

Greening up a tropical paradise

The island of Malolo Lailai is leading the green movement in Fiji with new recycling initiatives.

Every week plastic and glass are shipped off the island to mainland Fiji for recycling.

Food and scraps are the only waste material to remain on the Island, to be utilized for compost material. Additionally, paper is being put on top of farmland in order to keep the land moist and eventually mould down into the ground.

Property manager at Musket Grove Resort, Naveen Chand, says he is proud of the island’s green accomplishments.

“We have a very detailed recycling system here on the island.”

Despite the efforts on Malolo Lailai Island, the reality on many surrounding islands is far less eco-friendly as locals are either burning it or throwing it into the ocean.

“Here on Malolo Lailai it is forbidden to burn any garbage. Primarily because of the toxic chemicals that is inhaled through the smoke and secondly due to safety reasons as the land is dry and can light up easily, ” says Chand.

But the green action does not stop here, water is also being recycled.

“We have dug wholes into the ground and pump up water that is being used for the shower. After this, it goes back to the ground again and waters the flowers and the grass,” says Naveet Krishna, maintenance crew at Musket Cove.

The rainfall is gathered, filtered and used as drinking water along with the imported bottle water (Fiji Water) that is often preferred by the tourists.

Krishna says: “The rainwater is the best water for us to drink, but some tourists feel unsafe to try it.”

The problem is the water insufficiency, as climate changes have affected Fiji’s amount of rainfall.

“All the years it rained every second month, whereas now we only had seven millilitres of rainfall in the past seven months,” says Chaud.

The same applies for the groundwater that is brought up through bores. Each one of these bores used to provide 123,000 litres of water a day, but are now not giving half of that.

Four months ago, Musket Cove decided to expand their green plan and added a charge to their plastic bags in the supermarket and the shop in order to encourage people to bring their own eco-bag.

Michelle Singh works as a cashier in the supermarket and has seen the reactions to this.

“The tourists are always very positive about the eco-bags and encourage this, while the locals have had a slower adapting process but good over all. ”

Musket Cove on Malolo Lailai is a popular tourist spot and attracts many travellers. Joao Pedro Travi is a sailor travelling around the islands of Fiji. He is amazed with the environmentally friendly atmosphere that he has witnessed.

“I have never seen anything like this on any of the other islands. All I ever saw there, was bottles floating around the surface of the coasts. ”

Bella Papadopoulou Dobrowolska

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: