13 Sep 2007

Samoa is helping Tokelau deal with waste management

12:42 pm on 13 September 2007

The Tokelau Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Samoa's Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to allow the small New Zealand territory to dump its recyclable rubbish in Samoa.

Tokelau's Director of Environment, Mose Pelasio says the status of waste management in Tokelau is in a very critical situation.

He says the atolls had limited land with very few dumping sites that can barely cope with the excess rubbish.

He says there are recyclable materials that Tokelau needs to ship out.

The waste is to be shipped on the Samoa Government vessel that serves Tokelau.