Deo dedicates award to waste picking communities

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CEO and director of Waste Recyclers Fiji Ltd Amitesh Deo receives his award from the PM, Sitiveni Rabuka. Picture: SUPPLIED

Waste Recyclers Fiji Ltd (WRFL) won the Best Sustainability Initiative Award at the Prime Minister’s International Business Awards 2022 held last week.

Chief executive officer and director Amitesh Deo expressed gratitude for the recognition and dedicated the award to the unsung recycling advocates and the waste picking communities who often remain unheard.

“This award is a testament to the unwavering dedication of individuals worldwide engaged in waste picking, facing insurmountable challenges and enduring social stigma attached to their noble work,” Mr Deo said.

He also acknowledged the challenges posed by organisations resistant to sustainability.

“We extend our thanks to those organisations that initially rejected sustainability and our recycling efforts,” he said.

“Their resistance only fuelled our determination to propel organisations towards embracing sustainable practices, particularly in recycling.”

A media statement released by the company said this moment held deep significance for them, echoing a previous success two decades ago when it received the Unique Exporter of the Year Award at the Prime Minister’s International Business Awards in 2003.