A major FIJI Water-bottle recycling program in Fiji involving more than 13,000 primary and secondary students has resulted in the collection of more than 5.2 tons of plastic bottles.
“This is the equivalent of nearly a quarter of a million 500ml bottles that the students collected, helping to make a substantial contribution in preserving Fiji’s environment,” said Anna Morris, FIJI Water’s Director of Operations.
In addition to the bottle-collection program, FIJI Water also ran a related recycling poster competition for local schools and schoolchildren. Twenty-six students from schools in the Western Division won prizes for producing posters that depict the importance of recycling in an awards ceremony at the FIJI Water plant in Yaqara.
The poster competition was divided into individual and group categories, with both primary and high school divisions. Winning students received prizes that included gift bags, stationery gift vouchers of $50, $100, or $200, 4 GB USB flash drives and Vodafone Nokia 2220 Slide mobile phones. Prizes were also awarded to the winning students’ schools, and included a desktop computer and printer package, 5000L water tanks, and library book packages worth $500.
Ryan Autar, Project Supervisor responsible for the FIJI Water Recycling Programme and the poster competition, said that 28 schools and close to 500 students took part in intra-school competitions before 100 posters were selected for the final judging.
In the First Recycling Programme Poster Competition, the winners were as follows (full names are not available for all winners):
• First, second and third places for Lower Primary, Individual Poster, went to Vivian Evanson, Saiorse Breen, and Harry Price, all in Class Three, International School, Nadi.
• First prize in the Individual Poster, Upper Primary, went to Aminiasi of Class 8 Lautoka Primary, with second and third going to Tavua Primary students Shayal Kumar of Class 6 and Ashutosh Kumar of Class 7, respectively.
• Natabua High scooped up all three prizes for the Individual category in their division, with first and third places going to third formers Anjini Nishika and Sailosi M. respectively, and second to sixth former Kristal Shukla.
• Natabua High (Asinate Ratu, Semesa Vasaroi and Chaya M, Form 5) also took first place for the Group Poster, with A D Patel High fifth formers (Poornam Sharma, Priya Devi, and Krishna Nandan) in second place, and seventh formers (Kranil, Shaneel, and Sheenal) taking third.
• The Primary Group Poster category was won by Lautoka Primary School (Salote, Divisha, and Rashika, Class 8). Second prize went to Tavua Primary, (Jope D and Kreety C, Class 7), and Class Three of Nadi International School took third prize (Lewis Battison, Samuela Pepna, and Aryan Nand).
“Receiving the best artwork from these schools has been a milestone for the first poster competition, and the recycling program,” said Autar.