Last Friday, the Fiji Development Bank (FDB) became the first organisation to launch the I-Recycle Hub program in Fiji and the entire Pacific region.
The milestone achievement is part of a major recycling project for Suva City, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through its Clean Cities, Blue Ocean program in collaboration with Waste Recyclers Fiji Ltd (WRFL) and Pacific Recycling Foundation (PRF).
The I-Recycle Hub Bins are customized containers divided into three to five colour-coded compartments for paper and cardboard, plastics, and cans, and hold up to three tons of recyclables. These bins will help simplify the collection of the Collection Pillars of Recycling (formerly known as informal waste collectors) and empower them economically and socially.
Speaking at the launch, Minister for Housing & Local Government, Hon Maciu Nalumisa stated that it is very important for people to know that solid waste is a critical issue and we have an important role to play in our communities.
Hon Nalumisa stressed the need for collective effort and unity in securing a cleaner and safer environment for all.
“Let the I-Recycle Hub kindle a transformative catalyst that reshapes our perspective on waste consumption and our connection with the environment.”
“Let us now embark on a journey with a shared commitment to creating a better world for ourselves and our generations to come,” said the Hon Minister.
FDB CEO, Mr Saud Minam emphasised the significance of this collaboration by stating that this initiative aligns well with FDB’s role as the only Green Climate Fund (GCF) Accredited Bank in the region.
“We are taking our commitment to safeguarding the environment to a higher level through this partnership,” said CEO Minam.
“As an implementing partner, FDB is committed to promoting a mindset shift towards proper waste management and recycling. The Bank firmly believes in the power of collective effort and partnerships to drive meaningful behaviour change.”
“FDB expresses deep appreciation to PRF for involving us in this initiative and extends gratitude to all other implementing partners who have demonstrated enthusiastic participation. Together, we aim to make a significant impact and foster a sustainable environment.”
Mr Minam further added that the I-Recycle Hub serves as a compelling example for communities and businesses to recognize the importance of proper waste management.
“With support from USAID, this initiative promotes waste separation, collection, and recycling through well-established infrastructure. Easily accessible and convenient recycling options are crucial in motivating individuals to play an active role in recycling programs.”
By encouraging staff and tenants to actively participate in this program, FDB aims to contribute to environmental protection and preservation.
WRFL CEO/PRF Founder, Amitesh Deo stated that the organisation remains committed to its course of changing the landscape of waste management in Fiji and positively impacting the lives of those engaged in informal waste picking.