Recycling bins head to northern islands

Thursday February 08, 2018 Written by Published in Local
From left: CITC key brands manager George George, Ministry of Education acting secretary Danielle Cochrane, Apii Niua (Pukapuka) English teacher Robert Collie, Taio Shipping owner Tapi Taio, and a CITC staff member with the recycle bins for northern group schools. 18020627 From left: CITC key brands manager George George, Ministry of Education acting secretary Danielle Cochrane, Apii Niua (Pukapuka) English teacher Robert Collie, Taio Shipping owner Tapi Taio, and a CITC staff member with the recycle bins for northern group schools. 18020627

Cook Islands Trading Corporation Limited (CITC) handed over two recycle centres for two schools in the northern islands group earlier this week.

 

The eight new wheelie bins will be shipped to Nassau and Pukapuka primary schools, courtesy of Taio Shipping.

CITC key brands manager George George handed the bins over to Ministry of Education acting secretary Danielle Cochrane and Apii Niua (Pukapuka) English teacher Robert Collie. From the ministry’s perspective, the schools were quite privileged to have the opportunity to engage with CITC in their environmental project, Cochrane said.

The company supplied recycling bins to all primary schools in Rarotonga and has extended its support to schools in the southern group islands.

“Now Nassau and Pukapuka will be receiving the bins and this is exciting for us in terms of the ongoing partnership between the ministry of education, CITC and Taio Shipping, which is the connection to the north,” Cochrane said.

“The kids and teachers will really get lot of value out of these resources. And the things these children will learn in the classroom on the recycling programme, they can take back to their families and communities.”

George said CITC had received a formal request for the recycling bins from both Nassau and Pukapuka primary school principals late last year.

“CITC general manager Gaye Whitta and her CITC recycle committee then agreed unanimously to send two recycle centres to the two schools up north,” George said.

“Due to the busy schedules of Taio Shipping last year, it was left to this year and again CITC is very grateful to Papa Tapi Taio and his company for helping out in delivering these bins to those islands.”

The bins also came with a bonus - Bloom potting mix and some Yates seedlings.

“This will certainly help out with the schools’ gardening on these islands, especially as atoll soil is not the best soil for gardening,” George added.

“And with the bins in these schools, it will encourage the students to keep their schools  green, clean and tidy.”  

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