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By Moana Moeka'a

AVARUA, Rarotonga, Cook Islands (March 23, 2002 – Cook Islands News)---The Rarotonga Recycling Center exported its first shipment of crushed green glass to Auckland last week on board the Southern Express.

The Turangi center now has an aluminum can baler, plastic baler, two special containers, a glass crushing system, yard bins and a forklift — all thanks to NZODA (New Zealand Official Development Assistance) for its help in funding the recycling and safety equipment.

Paper Reclaim Ltd. in New Zealand designed the glass crushing machinery and special containers, and commissioned the recycling equipment at the center in February.

Last week’s recycled glass was shipped in a special container, which has removable partitions to allow it to ship three different types of crushed glass at a time. Due to the large volume of green bottles exceeding the brown and clear colored ones, the shipment of glass last week was entirely green in color.

Because of the substantial weight of crushed glass in large volumes, the container can only be filled halfway for it to be transported safely. The rest of the space can be taken up by bales of plastic and aluminum cans. This time the center filled the space with five bales of clear plastic and one bale of blue/green plastic bottles.

When the container is emptied, it can be filled with products for export to Rarotonga.

The Recycling Center thanks NZODA, Brett Porter of EXCIL Agency Ltd., and Reef Shipping’s contributions to helping to preserve the environment and keep Rarotonga litter-free.

For additional reports from the Cook Islands News Online, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Newspapers/Cook Islands News Online.

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