Rubbish collected, coconuts planted on Valentine’s Day

The group with bags of rubbish collected on Makaha’a Island this morning. Photo: ENVIRO NEWS

Nuku’alofa – February 14, 2020: 2pom (Enviro News): While many Valentines were planning what they would do for lunch or dinner together, a group of youths joined a team from the Environment Department on a project trip that will help Tonga in more ways than one.

The members of the Environment’s Mangroves and Marine team were joined by six youths from the Tonga National Youth Council today on a rubbish collection and coconut planting trip to Makaha’a Island.

Brian Fusimalohi (left) and Senituli Finau planting coconuts on Makaha’a Island this morning. Photo: ENVIRO NEWS

Mangroves team leader Hoifua Aholahi said the day was a successful one.

“We managed to plant 51 coconut trees, adding to the ones we had planted in the past there months and we were also able to collect alot of rubbish,” Hoifua said.

“The work done today will go a long way in managing and sustaining Tonga’s environment, especially here on Makaha’a and the surrounding area.”

TNYC’s Mausia Halahala said being involved in the day’s program was a great initiative.

TNYC youths picking up plastic waste on Makaha’a Island this morning.
Photo: ENVIRO NEWS

“I am thankful that our youths were able to be part of the program, and having that done on Valentine’s Day makes it more symbolic,” he said.

The group managed to collect 10 bags of rubbish from the island, mainly plastic bottles and bags.

The bags of rubbish were taken to the Tapuhia Landfill by the Environment team after the group had returned to Nuku’alofa today.

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