Equator Village joins MOPA

MOPA and Equator Village signed an MoU to the effect of "Resort PET Collection Programme" | Photo: MOPA

Addu City, Maldives – Equator Village, a leading city hotel of Maldives located in Addu City, has also joined hands with Maldives Ocean Plastic Alliance (MOPA).

The agreement to reduce the use of plastic and mutually work towards eliminating plastic waste was signed by Manager Mohamed Waheed on behalf of Equator Village, and Founder and President of MOPA, former Environment Minister Ibrahim Thoriq.

As per the agreement between both parties, which is the “Resort PET Collection Programme”, Equator Village will minimise the use of plastic bottles and participate in MOPA activities held in Addu City.

This is in addition to the “PET Reverse Logistics Programme” MoU signed between MOPA, Addu City Council and Equator Village. Under the understanding signed, MOPA and the City Council have agreed to work together to facilitate the collection of post-consumer PET bottles for recycling and repurposing from within Addu City. The collection focus will primarily include retail outlets, cafes, restaurants, and guest houses.

The expansion of PET Reverse Logistics Program to Addu City is supported by the project partners Happy Market (producers of Life bottled water) and Male Aerated Water Company (producers of BonAqua bottled water) in the Maldives as part of the producer responsibility programs of both organizations.

The collected PET bottles are transported to Male’ and handed over to Parley Maldives to be recycled and upcycled into everyday items like Adidas sneakers. This national multi-stakeholder partnership project brings together numerous companies with a shared vision to create a more sustainable business and a better, shared future that makes a difference in people’s lives, communities and the planet.

MOPA is the first locally-registered non-government initiative dedicated to forging strong stakeholder alliances to reduce, recover, reuse, repurpose and recycle ocean plastics in the Maldives. According to the NGO, so far, 926 kilograms of plastic bottles have been collected from various resorts under the “Resort PET Collection Programme”.