Waste has become a concern for many Pacific island countries.
In May this year phase II of a project targeting waste management in the Pacific known as the Japanese Technical Cooperation Project for Promotion of Regional Initiative on Solid Waste Management or J-PRISM was launched.
As part of Phase II, a survey is currently being undertaken by nine volunteers in joint collaboration between Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Port Vila Municipal Council (PVMC) and the Department of Environmental Protection and Conservation (DPEC), with aims to determine the status of wastes management in Port Vila and finding solutions at how to improve and control wastes.
The overall goal of the project is to help Vanuatu improve how it manages waste. And every household counts, what you use and how you dispose it contributes to the big picture.
The survey is targetting a total number of 105 households, 12 markets and 30 businesses which includes both small scale and large scale businesses, such as hotels, resorts, and kava bars, to name a few.
It comes in three parts.
Firstly, all 105 selected households are being interviewed regarding waste management practices at home.
This takes place on Day 2 and Day 3 which is Tuesday (November 14) and Wednesday (November 15).
Amount & Composition part: Secondly the survey team are handing out plastic bags to each household and businesses for which the Port Vila Municipal Council (PVMC) team will pick up and deliver to the team for assessment.
All rubbish will be carefully separated by hand and weighed.
Reporting: And finally it may take a few weeks to evaluate all the data and provide a report but all information will be available at the Department of Environmental Protection and Conservation (DEPC) and PVMC.
The survey’s end date is now moved to Thursday 23 November, due to recent changes but this will not affect the outcome, as everything will be carried out as planned.
A total of nine volunteers will conduct the survey, four of which were previous participants of the same survey done here in 2014, the rest are other youths that have been helping out now and again with PVMC activities.