Ambassador MUNENAGA's visit to a scrapped car recycle site

Ambassador and Mrs. Munenaga and Mr. and Mrs. Vuki
More than 3,000 car frames are piled in the site
Resource recovery from scrapped cars
H.E. Mr. MUNENAGA Kensaku, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Kingdom of Tonga visited the scrapped car recycle site operated by Mr. Saimone Vuki, President of the Tonga Recycle Association, TRA.
The TRA was established by two private recycle companies in Tongatapu, with the support of JICA’s Technical Assistance “Promotion of Regional Initiative on Solid Waste Management in Pacific Island Countries Phase 2 (J-PRISM 2)” in January 2023.
In this site, non-ferrous materials such as copper and tin, and car batteries were retrieved from scrapped cars, and exported overseas. However, at this stage, more than 3,000 car frames are not recycled and piled in a 8-acre field.
Under cooperation with the Waste Authority Tonga (WAL) who will receive scrapped car compactors through Japan’s Non-Project Grant Aid (Provision of equipment for disaster waste disposal), the WAL and TRA will start the whole recycle of all scrapped cars in Tonga in the near future.
It is estimated that there are more than 30,000 scrapped cars in Tonga. The Government of Japan continues to support Tonga’s efforts for recycle and protecting their beautiful environment and islands.