recyclable materials

Samoa planning waste tax on recyclables

A task force has been set up after lobbying on the issue by community groups and the new levy system is likely to mirror those used in other Pacific nations such as Palau and Kiribati.

A principal waste management officer at Samoa's Environment Ministry said traditionally recycling businesses concentrated more on high value materials like scrap metals such as copper.

Setoa Apo said huge changes in consumption had generated more low value waste streams.