3 May 2005

Japan to back waste management schemes in Pacific - report

1:29 pm on 3 May 2005

The Japanese government is reported to be considering launching waste management schemes in 16 Pacific Islands Forum countries.

The Daily Yomiuri reports Japanese officials hope to talk over specific measures on the sidelines of the Forum leaders' summit in Papua New Guinea later this year.

The newspaper reports sources as saying experts will be sent to build waste processing and recycling facilities through official development assistance.

It says officials are considering the creation of a system in which boats are sent regularly to Forum member countries to collect waste.

Island nations are thought to have limited space for landfill, and Papua New Guinea has recently tried to ban plastic bags in an effort to cut down on non biodegradable waste.