Single-use plastic products are one of the main causes of major environmental problems seen in the Maldives. Hence, the current administration is ambitiously working towards phasing-out single-use plastic products nationwide by the year 2023.
Deriving inspiration from this mission, Maldives Ocean Plastics Alliance (MOPA) is the first, and so far the only local NGO initiative dedicated to forging strong stakeholder alliances to reduce, recover, reuse, repurpose and recycle ocean plastics in the Maldives. They are fully committed to science, contribute to education and awareness and conform to policy initiatives, to formulate community-based programmes and ambitious projects aimed at ridding pollution from our oceans.
One the first and the most prominent programmes of MPA is their Island Plastic Clean Up Project which brings together stakeholders on three different island communities involving a comprehensive plastics collection and safe recycling networking exercise, with a special focus on PET bottles.
Yesterday, MOPA was pleased to reveal with the arrival of the latest supply transfer of 12 jumbo bags of PET bottles from Kudahuvadhoo in Dhaalu Atoll, they have successfully repurposed half a ton of PET. The bags which weighed over 450kgs are to be transferred to the Parley Maldives’ collection site situated in Male’ City for recycling.
MOPA notes that there are additional plans to extend the project to more sites across the country.