There's a campaign in Samoa to improve the waste management practices of over 40 hotels and other accommodation providers that will be used during the upcoming SIDS conference.
A recent audit by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and the Pacific Regional Environment Programme found that when fully occupied, as many as 70 large trash bags of waste are generated per week from each venue.
The assistant CEO of the Ministry's Environment and Conservation division, Faleafaga Toni Tipamaa, says a technical workshop has been held to help hotel managers and stakeholders improve waste management.
He says while it's geared towards the Small Islands Developing States, or SIDS, Conference in August, they would like to see the effort go beyond that
"Hopefully after the SIDS this will be a continuation for better management of waste in Samoa. We feel that it's a good time to start as well as to continue in the future. Samoa can showcase this also during the SIDS, why not? I mean this is all good practice."
A Samoan environment official, Faleafaga Toni Tipamaa.