Infrastructure Cook Islands (ICI) secretary Diane Charlie-Puna revealed this at the signing of an agreement between the ICI WATSAN department and New Zealand’s Embassy of Japan’s Deputy Head of Mission Katsuhide Ariyoshi.
The project is funded by the Government of Japan through grant assistance of $178,391.
This is to seal the drop-off yard/working area with concrete and provide drainage and septic catchment.
It is also for the installation of an industrial-sized glass crusher to reduce landfill waste, allowing for a safer and more efficient working environment.
Charlie-Puna said the project will help transform the area.
“It is my hope that this upgrade will attract more people to come and work at the landfill. We have several vacancies being carried forward for the last couple of years.”
In acknowledging who initiated the landfill project she said: “ICI together with the solid waste management committee have been working really hard in pushing waste management higher on the priority list for quite a long time.
“The committee is made up of individuals within the Rarotonga community, government agencies, private sector and non-government organisations.”
“I would like to acknowledge my very young, determined, very waste-focused and passionate about waste management director Jaime Short.
“It was through Jaime and her drive to find more funding, so we could improve the working conditions of her staff. She will also be the project manager in transforming this area in 12-months or less,” Charlie-Puna added.
Meanwhile, Ariyoshi said he was glad to be part of the waste management project as during his days in university, he would work part-time in garbage collection and understood the importance of waste management.
He wished ICI all the best for the project’s completion.