The Tapuhia Solid Waste Management Facility took 18 months to build, and was designed and constructed to protect the groundwater resource. The facility includes a public area for recycling and dropping off general household and commercial rubbish, cells to treat general and special rubbish, and septage beds for waste from septic tanks.
The landfill was funded by the Government of Tonga, and Government of Australia through AusAID’s Tonga Solid Waste Management Project. Designed to last approximately 40 years, Tapuhia could be used for an even longer period of time if the public recycles and composts garden waste.
Households, businesses, and institutions such as schools are encouraged to separate their aluminium and steel cans for recycling, and use their kitchen scraps to feed animals. Car bodies and scrap steel can be taken to GIO Scrap Steel Recycling. By reducing our waste, we will make the new landfill last longer so that future generations can benefit from this world class facility.