3 Mar 2014

Samoa assessing waste management before SIDS conference

8:22 pm on 3 March 2014

The Samoan government is looking at ways to handle the waste expected from a major United Nations conference in Apia this year.

More than three thousand delegates are expected to attend the Small Island Developing States Conference in September which will focus on the challenges they face.

The assistant chief executive for environment at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Faleafaga Toni Tipamaa, says the ministry will audit 45 accommodation providers and conference centres over two days this week.

"What we are looking at is to gauge the amount of waste generated within the hotels and all the other areas including the venues, and that should give us some indication of how much we should be preparing for, and at the same time is to be able to come up with the best way of dealing with the issue."

Faleafaga Toni Tipamaa says it will also advise hotels how to improve their own waste management systems.