The sheer numbers of car wrecks lying around the island have sparked public concern over how to remove the eyesores from our shores.
Cook Islands General Transport’s (CIGT) Jessie Sword confirmed the vehicle numbers to the CINews, stating that from the 1000-odd vehicles, she is only able to account for 15 car bodies that are already waiting in their yard to be baled and shipped off the island.
Sword said CIGT has a vehicle baler permanently situated on the island at its recycling depot in Rao Ariki Road.
She said they were very concerned at the number of vehicles abandoned along the back roads and in empty sections.
“I am aware of a number of vehicles waiting for a funding source so that they may be dropped off to our yard for processing. The 15 vehicles currently in our yard will be baled in time for the next vessel by the end of the week.”
Sword said compared to the previous years the number of vehicles baled have increased and will continue to increase as long as funding is available.
“In the past years we would export about one container of baled vehicles every three months, whereas scrap metal containers, composing of whiteware and other metal products make up the bulk of the exports at 1-2 containers per month.
“We are encouraged by those vehicle owners who continue to do the right thing and dispose of their scrap/wreck vehicles appropriately.
“As vehicles are paid to be disposed, we process and ship these offshore. We have exported about 10 containers of vehicles since the project commenced a few years ago. This equates to about 120 tonnes.
“We pack about 10-15 tonnes in each container.”
She said there are different disposal fees for different size vehicles, fees range from $350 - $500 for cars/vans, and larger vehicles/trucks are slightly more, others like steel containers can be removed after an inspection has been completed, and other smaller items like motorcycles/bicycles from $20-$50.
Other steel/metallic content items like whiteware and aluminium, tin and batteries are also accepted continuously throughout the year.
Anyone wishing to dispose of any of their unwanted items as stated above can do so by dropping these off to the recycling depot during working hours, Monday to Friday from 8-4pm and Saturday from 8-12pm
Or call Liz or Ross on 24441 for any further information.