Waste

The Cook Islands face a range of challenges around the management of solid waste. Due to size and isolation, disposal of rubbish has significant costs, both environmental and financial in the Cook Islands and focus needs to be in reducing solid waste to landfill.  

Equally important is the fact that poor waste management has far reaching consequences beyond our shores.  Litter will often be blown or washed into the sea where it threatens wild life.  The substances that plastic is made of is released into the environment and the food chain through consumption by fish. 

The WATSAN Division is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Rarotonga Waste Facility and working through a range of initiatives to improve solid waste management through:

- Establishing partnerships with the private sector and other Government organisations

- Implementing new processes at the Rarotonga Waste Facility

- Solid Waste Management Policy and the Single Use Polystyrene Ban Policy

- Strategy

- Communications and Awareness via Facebook, newspaper and presentations

The Cook Islands National Solid Waste Management Strategy  2013 - 2016 is currently under review and will be completed before the end of 2017.   

Learn more about our initiatives below.

Check for rubbish collection schedules for Rarotonga.
Universal symbol for recycling
Recycling is very very important! This page has all you need to know on what can and can't be recycled in the Cook Islands and how to best sort your household rubbish.
Waste baler at the Rarotonga Waste Facility
Opening hours, fees and information about the Rarotonga Waste Facility.
Here you can read the Cook Islands Solid Waste Management Strategy 2013-2016 and find out how waste will be managed in the future.
The Policy guides the way forward for the Cook Islands to achieve better management of solid waste in line with the National Sustainable Development Plan (NSDP).
Waste Feasibility Study
ICI commissioned a feasibility study that would guide the Cook Islands Government in the appropriate selection, design, installation and commissioning of a new centralised waste treatment facility to receive and process all major waste streams generated in Rarotonga. Read full report here.