Waste Reduction Projects

Rarotonga Recycling Centre

Past Waste Project

In 1996 we established the first Recycling Centre on Rarotonga behind the old “Bond” store at the current location of the CITC supermarket in Panama. We invited all recyclers to operate at this central location and we ran the first Cook Islands “Clean Up the World” campaign to promote “Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”. TIS members coordinated the campaign with uniformed organisations in each village. Later, WWF, and then the National Environment Service coordinated annual Clean Up the World campaigns. The Ministry of Infrastructure and Planning are now managing the landfill and NES in association with WATSAN and private contractors are promoting recycling.

Cloth Bag Campaign

Past Waste Project

In 1998 it was estimated that over 2 million (2,000,000) plastic bags are used in the Cook Islands. With the help of our Patron Karika Ariki Margaret Taripo, TIS established a partnership with the Cook Islands Girl Guides to sew cloth bags. These were sold for use as shopping bags in place of plastic bags. Sales of the cloth bags went well and awareness was raised but more needs to be done to encourage people to develop a habit of using cloth bags. TIS continues to promote the use of cloth bags and supports the “Say No to Plastic Bags” campaign by the National Environment Service.

Protesting the Trans-shipment of Nuclear Waste

Past Waste Project

TIS were the national coordinators for the Greenpeace regional petition against the trans-shipment of nuclear waste through the Pacific. We collected 3,000 signatures in 3 days, country-wide.

Worm Farm and Compost Bin school trainings

Reducing the amount of organic waste being burnt or sent to the local land fill just got more innovative through the beneficial processes that compost bins and worm farms possess.

Te Ipukarea Society are currently making their way through all primary and high schools on Rarotonga to conduct worm farm and compost bin trainings on how to look after and maintain a healthy worm farm and compost bin system.

Trainings have been taken to with a lot of interest from both teachers, students and the local community who are wanting to learn more, along with how to own a system of their own.

Once all schools on Rarotonga have been covered the trainings will then start within the outer island schools.