Equator Village take the lead to join hands with MOPA to combat Plastic Waste at the southern tip of Maldives

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11 August 2022, Equator Village (Maldives) -MOPA and Equator Village have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to launch the “Resort PET collection program” of MOPA in Addu City. Under the newly signed understanding both parties agreed to work towards the mutual goal of combating ocean plastics. The MOU was signed by Mr. Thoriq Ibrahim, President & Co-Founder of MOPA and Mr. Mohamed Waheed, Resort Manager of Equator Village.


The newly forged partnership between MOPA and Equator Village marks the expansion of the Resort PET Collection program of MOPA to the southern most part of the Maldives for the first time. Under this understanding MOPA and Equator Village commits to post-consumer collection of PET bottles to be processed and transported for recycling and repurposing.


The multi-stakeholder Resort PET Collection program is supported and facilitated by key partners of the program, including Happy Market and Maldives Aerated Water Company.


At the signing ceremony, Mr. Thoriq thanked and congratulated the owners and management of  Equator Village for taking the initiative to be first partner of the Resort PET collection project from the southernmost part of the Maldives.  He further thanked the management and team members of Equator Village for supporting MOPA in the efforts to reduce the ocean plastics in the Maldives.


Talking at the ceremony Mr. Mohamed Waheed, expressed his gratitude towards MOPA for the initiative and affirmed their commitment to work towards achieving the mutual goal of reducing ocean plastics. He further noted the urgent need for all stakeholders to take immediate actions to preserve the delicate environment of the Maldives.


The Resort PET collection program was launched during the ceremony to mark the 1 year anniversary of MOPA in December 2021. Since then, a growing number of resorts have partnered with MOPA in its efforts to minimize the ocean plastics. The program not only focus on collection of PET bottles from resorts, but also works towards advocating for better management of the plastic waste in the tourism industry of Maldives.



About MOPA:


The Maldives Ocean Plastics Alliance (MOPA) was registered in the Maldives in early 2020 as a non-governmental, not-for-profit networking organisation, focused on the growing domestic concern over plastic pollution. The core objectives of the Alliance include reducing, reusing and recycling plastics, raising awareness on their dangers to the country’s fragile ecosystems including the vast and abundant oceans, and advocating for greater repurposing of single-use plastics in communities.


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