Permanent answer sought for landfill

Monday June 15, 2015 Written by Published in Health
Rarotonga’s landfi ll is the cause of ongoing concern, with just four years to go before it reaches full capacity. Rarotonga’s landfi ll is the cause of ongoing concern, with just four years to go before it reaches full capacity.

Infrastructure Cook Islands’ Waste Management department is exploring ways to find a permanent fix for solid waste disposal in Rarotonga.

 

The landfill in Arorangi which was built in 2005 has about five more years left before it reaches its full capacity.

Water, Waste and Sanitation Unit (WATSAN) director Tekao Herrmann said they have started their search and would be presenting their findings to the Government by mid of next year.

“We are working on looking at a long-term disposal of rubbish in Rarotonga and for that we need to explore the options we have before heading into the next stage,” Herrmann said.

Incinerators which can cost over a million dollars to set up here in the Cook Islands is one of the options.

Herrmann said all the viable options were being considered and compiled for Government’s consideration.

“There are a number of parameters we are considering while looking into the options we have.

 “They include cost associated based on what is required and other factors.” 

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