The Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF) has taken a proactive measure to reduce their environmental impact by becoming the fourth organisation to participate in the I-Recycle Hub Bin program, operated by the Pacific Recycling Foundation (PRF) and Waste Recyclers Fiji Limited (WRFL) in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Clean Cities, Blue Ocean program.
The I-Recycle Hub program will enable over 250 FNPF employees and some tenants to segregate their plastic, paper, and other recyclable waste, to be collected by WRFL for sorting, cleaning, and compacting before shipping to overseas partners to be recycled. Currently, waste materials from FNPF are sent directly to the landfill.
FNPF Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Viliame Vodonaivalu, expressed enthusiasm to participate in the recycling movement and contribute to environmental sustainability.
He emphasized that while the FNPF’s vision is to secure the future financial security of its members, we must also secure a sustainable future by protecting our environment and minimizing the impacts of climate change.
“We are delighted to be one of the five implementing sites for this pilot project as it is also in line with our efforts to advance environmental, social, and governance practices not only from an investment perspective but also at an operational level,” said Mr. Vodonaivalu.
PRF’s Founder and WRFL’s CEO, Mr. Amitesh Deo, said they are humbled to be collaborating with partners such as the FNPF.
“Not long ago, some organisations weren’t interested in collaborating in the recycling space—they did not want to be associated with waste management. We are pleased that this perception is slowly changing, and companies are becoming more aware that waste can be used as a resource and improved waste management is critical to Fiji’s future. With organisations such as the FNPF coming on board, we will be able to further amplify this message and change mindsets and behaviour toward recycling,” said Mr. Deo.
The I-Recycle Hub at FNPF is the fourth of five planned locations to advance recycling in Suva City, with other locations including the Fiji Development Bank, the Housing Authority of Fiji, and Bykeitou Settlement in partnership with Nasinu Town Council.
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