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Global Plastics Policy Centre (2022) March A., Salam, S., Evans, T., Hilton, J., Fletcher, S. (editors). Global Plastics Policy Review. Revolution Plastics, University of Portsmouth.

Fiji Environmental Management (Waste Disposal and Recycling) Regulations

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Strength of evidence: Moderate Available Evidence
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This policy imposes strict requirements in relation to the disposal and recycling of business operations in Fiji but there are no recycling facilities on the islands for plastic bottles. The Deposit Return Scheme for Fiji Water and Coca Cola plastic bottles has led to litter picking for the income generated by informal waste pickers. The collected bottles are packaged up and sent to China without clear information on the level actually recycled.

Fiji Water and Coca Cola run a DRS system but the return rates are only 25% and there are no PET bottle recycling facilities in Fiji so PET is exported to China.

The policy operates via a permit system which has led to increased levels of proper waste management. Implementation has been problematic due to language barriers on remote islands. There is a lack of waste collection and funding for recycling infrastructure.

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Through an analytical framework, we've reviewed over 100 plastic policies. These reviews determine the effectiveness of policies in reducing plastic pollution and we offer recommendations in light of this evidence, to enhance future policy making. You can find out more about our methods on our methods page.

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