Photo: One of the various cleanups in Neiafu. This is a photo of old machinery being taken away by Gio Recycling.
The VEPA cleanup was a huge succes! It happened on the 18th-23rd of October. The city of Neiafu was mobilized to help pick up rubbish throughout the city. Various high schools and primary schools participated throughout the week. These schools included: GPS Liviela, Tailulu College, Vava'u High School, and more. Each school was responsible for a section of Neiafu to cleanup. All the rubbish was collected by the city and GIO RECYCLING to be processed and shipped to New Zealand. FREE VEPA shirts were given to all those who participated with the cleanup. Compliments to QUICK SILVER of the USA for supplying the t-shirts.
PHOTO: ME at the GIO RECYCLING site in VAVA'U.
What is GIO RECYCLING?
It is one of the greatest things that ever came toTonga. Finally, recycling is possible in the island groups of Vava'u and Tongatapu. They can recycle items such as batteries, steel, aluminum, etc. No longer can people just place old car batteries in the bush to rot, they can now be properly disposed of. Gio Recycling even pays customers for certain recycled items. E-waste and other electronics can be disposed of properly instead of ending up in the dump. Seriously, it is the best idea ever! Waste management in Tonga now has a brighter and sustainable future. Gio Recycling is a family run business and will even come to your house to pick up large items with their crane. MALO!
PHOTS: Cleanup shot and GIO RECYCLING Vava'u.