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Kudahuvadhoo becomes model island at waste management

Maldives Ocean Plastic Alliance (MOPA) has begun a waste management programme in Dh. Kudahuvadhoo in association with Coca-Cola and Male’ Aerated Water Company.

Kudahuvadhoo was selected for the pilot project of MOPA’s Model Island Project in September 2021.

The ‘On the Ground, In the Sea: Waste Segregation Model Island Kudahuvadhoo’ programme began in June 2022 at a household level before the government mandated waste management initiative.

As part of the programme, every household in Kudahuvadhoo has been provided with 2 waste baskets and 4 gunny sacks to segregate and manage waste efficiently.

Since the programme was launched, 8.7 tonnes of plastic have been collected from Kudahuvadhoo and sent to Male’ with the help of Coca-Cola as a logistics partner. The plastic PET bottles have been handed over to Parley Maldives and sent out of Maldives to be repurposed as different products.

Speaking on the project, Kudahuvadhoo Council President Ibrahim Fikuree said project has enabled the residents an opportunity to care for the environment.

“Although the project is ongoing with the support of our partners, we hope to create a sustainable model to maintain and protect our environment. We hope other islands in Dhaalu Atoll join this initiative,” he said.

MOPA’s Founder and Chairman Thoriq Ibrahim said that to ensure sustainability of such projects, it is important the projects are led by the residents. He added this would create more opportunities for participation amongst the public.

“We used a bottom-up approach for the project. Kudahuvadhoo is the first island to practice waste segregation at a household level, even before the government mandated waste management. This is a big feat for the island,” he said.

Coca-Cola’s Managing Director to Maldives, Pankaj Sinha stated that the Company prioritises reduction of waste and re-usability in the product design. As such, Coca-Cola is working on ‘Design, Collect, and Partner’ strategic policies to create a sustainable economy.

Pankaj stated that the project with MOPA is yielding positive results in tackling the plastic pollution in Maldives.

Male’ Aerated Water Company’s Managing Director Sanjay Manik stated that the Company is working together with Coca-Cola to create a sustainable future. As such, he noted that the Company the Kudahuvadhoo Model Island Project has proven that public participation is vital in tackling plastic pollution.