Cooks Island Project Profile – Implementing Sustainable Financing for Waste Management (Advance Recovery Fee and Deposit
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- Cook Islands
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- Items are imported into the Cook Islands in growing numbers, but there are currently limited viable options for their end-of-life management and/or export. As such, most items imported are disposed of at landfills or stockpiled on vacant land. The priority for the Cook Islands is to reduce waste to landfill, and Infrastructure Cook Islands seeks to focus their PacWastePlus investment to support the implementation of an effective Sustainable Financing system (known as the Advance Recovery Deposit and Fee) to enable long-term, self-financing collection, and recovery of recyclable items. The Advance Recovery Fee and Deposit (ARFD) is a mechanism to • provide an incentive for consumers to return recoverable items to a collection depot, and • fund the collection and recycling of these item