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Plastic recycling lab unveiled in Maldives

Fathmath Shaahunaz
05 June 2018, MVT 22:22
Some of the products created from recycled plastic at the newly unveiled Plastic Recycling Workspace in Male. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI/MIHAARU
Fathmath Shaahunaz
05 June 2018, MVT 22:22

A plastic recycling lab was unveiled in capital Male's Industrial Village on Tuesday.

The "Plastic Recycling Workspace" was donated by Parley, the international non-profit organisation that addresses environmental threats towards oceans, namely by plastic pollution.

The lab is located on Waste Management Corporation (WAMCO)'s site in the Industrial Village.

After the unveiling, Minister of Environment and Energy Thoriq Ibrahim highlighted the dangers posed by plastics to the environment and ocean, and stressed the importance of recycling and reducing plastic use.

The newly unveiled Plastic Recycling Workspace in the Industrial Village, Male. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI/MIHAARU

Speaking at the ceremony, Parley Maldives' Executive Director Shaaheena Ali stated that the Plastic Recycling Workspace would be mainly used to educate and raise awareness amongst students, and teach them how to recycle plastics.

She noted that students of 45 schools across the Maldives are already collecting used plastics, which are sent abroad by Parley for recycling.

"The machines here can recycle 100 to 500 kilograms of plastic daily," she revealed.

The Plastic Recycling Workspace currently features only three recycling machines. Parley Maldives declared that it plans to donate more in the future.

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