With hundreds of people gathered at Avarua harbour, they face a mammoth task in disposing the rubbish that can be expected to be accumulated during the week-long event.
The Cook Islands Trading Corporation (CITC), We Care and Raro Fried Chicken have joined forces to help them maintain the surroundings.
CITC strives to help the environment through various programmes that include a charge on plastic bags to discourage their use.
In a statement, CITC We Care said they were proud be an ecopartner in the 2015 Vaka Eiva.
“We are excited to be a part of Vaka Eiva and are happy to provide assistance with the recycling of all waste to ensure there is minimal harmful effect on the environment and by making certain only biodegradable products are used.
“We provide the event with two eco stations and “eco police” staff for correct disposal and separation of rubbish to minimise our landfill and to recycle where possible.
“It is important to us as a business leader to take initiatives to guide our community in environmental protection and we are happy to work with organisations and community interests to protect and enhance our environment.”
With large numbers of hungry paddlers and supporters gathering at the vaka village, a lot of food waste will be generated.
Raro Fried Chicken has stepped in to ensure that all food scraps are collected in special bins and delivered to hungry village pigs, or composted. Vaka Eiva 2015 coordinator Chrissy Thomas asks participants to support them in their efforts to minimise the effects such a large event can have on the environment.
“A water station is situated on the side of the Vaka Shed close to the volunteer camp. We urge all paddlers, supporters and volunteers to use the reusable Powerade water bottles in your packs to help minimise plastic bottle waste.
“We hope you enjoy your time here in our beautiful country.”