Motu Beachfront Villas team collected seven bags of rubbish. Motu Villas/22091664
The National Environment Service (NES) held its Clean Up The Cooks event on Friday.
Volunteers were allocated places to collect waste by NES, which also provided bags.
The clean-up event has been running for more than
20 years in the Cooks Islands.
In a statement prior to the event, NES director Halatoa
Fua said in a typical year the community collects about six tonnes of waste
from around Rarotonga and the Pa Enua.
“This is waste we have removed from the lagoons,
beaches, streams and bush areas.”
The clean-up theme for this year was “This Is The
Only Home We Have”.
Fua said the islands waste mountain in the Cook
Islands is steadily growing and is now a major concern for the community.
“This is not the kind of mountain we want to have
in our backyard. To help combat the growing waste problem, we can start by all
following the Five Rs for waste management – Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Re-purpose
and Recycle. Doing this is one of the best ways to ensure our islands are a
beautiful place to live, work and visit.”
The Cook Islands was part of a global World Cleanup
Day comprising of 191 countries. In the past the event had 60 million
volunteers and 303,000 kg of waste collected.