The New Zealand High Commission has provided SAT $43,000 to support Samoa Recycling and Waste Management Association (SRWMA) to procure and distribute 20 recycling
stations and raise awareness about the importance of the three R’s – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
Funding was provided to the Non-Government Organisation via the New Zealand High Commission Fund, which supports small scale, short-term community projects that contribute to wider community well-being.
New Zealand High Commissioner HE Dr Trevor Matheson said the theme of this funding round was Climate Change, Sustainability, and Community Education and SRWMA’s proposal was a natural fit.
“Raising awareness and improving access to recycling facilities is key to tacking plastic pollution.”
President of SRWMA, Marina Keil, said raising awareness on recycling is the key focus of
the association this year, and that the assistance received will help boost SRWMA’s presence at public events to promote the 3 Rs.
“We have plans to work with sporting bodies, schools, organisations and private sector, all joining the wave to incorporate 3 Rs in their
workspace and manage their waste footprint.”
She added the distribution of the 20 cages to 20 different locations will be implemented next month. This will increase the number of SRWMA recycling stations out in the public and make recycling a lot more accessible for everyone..”
“We’re very grateful for the generous support from the New Zealand High Commissioner and would like to thank HE Dr Trevor Matheson for this well needed assistance..”
“Any act of kindness towards our environment is a win for Samoa,” said the President.
“It is assistance like this that makes our work for the environment possible. Faafetai, Faafetai Tele Lava!”