A bulldozer compacts the mountain of rubbish at the Cook Islands' landfill. Photo: Al Williams/19090428
Rarotonga’s landfill opened to the general public again on Wednesday after being closed for just over four months.
Previously the dump was just open to contractors.
Acting Senior Manager of Waste Management, Claytoncy Taurarii said the waste facility was
closed to the general public due to Covid-19 restrictions, as a safety
measure for staff at the facility.
Taurarii said the general public was made aware of the
closure since January 28 this year.
Meanwhile in Parliament last week, Cook Islands Party MP Albert Nicholas
said a landfill was not the best option the country had and other options were
being looked at.
He said incineration was the preferred option in an assessment done
about three years ago and that it could make a tonne of
waste fit into a one litre bucket.
“Infrastructure Cook Islands is putting together a
terms of reference for expressions of interest to businesses that may be
interested in providing appropriate solutions to our landfill waste,” Nicholas
said in Parliament.
Nicholas said he hoped for the funding to come from
the Infrastructure Trust Fund or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade,
which are both from New Zealand.