First Lady Sajida Mohamed inaugurated the national waste management programme ‘Magey Saafu Raajje’ during a function held at the Malé Waste Transfer Station this evening. At the ceremony, it was announced that individuals can participate in providing eco-friendly and sustainable waste management services.

This is a national programme designed to formulate and implement a nationwide island waste management project, which is the Government's commitment under the economy and environment section of the ‘Hafuthaa 14’ roadmap.

The 'Magey Saafu Raajje' programme aims to formulate comprehensive waste management systems implemented in an eco-friendly, sustainable manner. The programme’s objectives include developing regional centres able to transport the waste that needs to be removed from the island, disposing of it using eco-friendly methods, and facilitating waste transportation between regional centres and islands. The programme also aims to conduct training programmes and awareness activities for safe waste management at the village and regional levels.

At the event, the Government of Japan donated 48 garbage collection vehicles to the Government of the Maldives. Minister of Climate Change, Environment, and Energy Tariq Ibrahim received the vehicles on behalf of the Government of the Maldives.