Japan Ambassador Toshiyuki Yamada and Governor of Koror State Franco Gibbons signed on February 23 the grant contract for “The Project for Reconstruction of Koror State Recycling Center”, valued $136,066, under the Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP).
The signing ceremony was held at the Embassy of Japan and was witnessed by Speaker of Koror State Legislature Alan T. Marbou, Chief Administration Officer of Koror State Government Earnest Ongidobel, Consultant of Koror State Government Solid Waste Management Office Katsuo Fuji, and related recycling center staffs.
The Koror State Recycling Center has been highly recognized by society and its recycling projects have been contributing a lot to the sustainable use and management of national landfill.,
The center also succeeded to produce diesel oil from waste plastic by using liquefaction system, which is a difficult technique to be conducted in the Pacific Island countries.
The facility and its equipment was previously razed in a fire accident last year.
Accordingly, once the new wood chipper and paper shredder become available, Koror State Recycling Center will be fully operated to reduce the amount of waste disposal.
Ambassador Yamada emphasized during the event the importance of maintenance, so that the granted equipment could be used for a long period of time. He also expressed his hope that the implementation of this project would lead to further development of Koror State Recycling Center and Palau.
The Government of Japan launched GGP in 1999 for the purpose of responding to various development needs engaged in grassroots activities in Palau.
As of February 26, 2018, the Embassy has signed 69 grant contracts with schools and hospitals as well as state governments and non-profit organizations. Education, health care and environment are the primary fields prioritized by Japan for GGP in order to contribute to sustainable development of Palau. (PR)