The Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology in collaboration with the Honiara City Council and Japan International Cooperation Agency is currently implementing the second phase of the Japanese Technical Cooperation Project for Promotion of Regional Initiative on Solid Waste Management herein referred to as the 'J-PRISM || Project'. This project aims to provide technical support to improve Solid Waste Management in the Solomon Islands.
Recycling is an indispensable activity for the promotion of resources conservation and reduction of waste. Private sector recyclers or companies are playing an important role in recycling in the Pacific region. However, the amounts of recycled waste materials relative to the total generated wastes in the PICs remain too low. It is necessary to develop the suitable institutional system, incentives and facilities that will support the recycling business and increase the recycled waste amounts domestically and exported for recycling abroad.
Due to this fact, the first meeting was held with some private companies in July 2017 to identify the issues to look at ways to collaborate. A proposal for the private companies was the outcome to form an association to help facilitate the discussions on issues and maintain the integrity of the recycling activity in the country.
On Wednesday 25th April 2018, a workshop was conducted with the aimed of establishing the Solomon Islands Waste and Recycling Association in Solomon Islands. Participants during the workshop includes representatives from some major private sector companies, line ministries , local government and development partners such as JICA . The purpose of the workshop was to discuss the structure and content of the draft constitution for the association in Solomon Islands.
A major outcome of the workshop was most of the participants have really appreciated the initiative to establish the association and indicated their support towards the association being established. A way forward after the workshop was to have another meeting with the private sector companies to adopt the draft constitution and to launch the establishment of the association.