New waste management equipment for Tuvalu

28/04/2014

As a remote atoll nation with sparse populations distributed across several small atolls, Tuvalu has faced challenging waste disposal problems.<!--more--> A new European Community driven initiative is set to help the country achieve a cleaner, healthier environment through better waste services.

Last week European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs handed over waste management equipment, which included trailers and medical waste storage bins to the Government of Tuvalu. The equipment included excavators, loaders, tractors, trailers, a utility vehicle, vegetation chipper, metal bailer and metal cutting saws as well as medical waste storage bins, sharp and waste oil containers. European company, Unit Export Limited, is implementing the A$1.7 million project.

“The equipment handed will help increase the efficiency and quality of the waste services in Funafuti and the outer islands, thus contributing to the overall sustainable living conditions for the Tuvaluan population,” Mr Piebalgs said.

The European Union will continue to support the waste sector in Tuvalu under the European Development Fund (EDF) 11 bilateral envelope, totalling Euro 6.8 million. Over 2011-2014, the EU contributed to improved waste management in Tuvalu through the supply of equipment, plant and material in Funafuti and the seven outer islands; support to institutional strengthening, including capacity development of key waste operators, mainly of the Solid Waste Agency of Tuvalu and support to outreach education and awareness programmes on appropriate waste management disposal and waste reduction.