Waste Authority Limited

logo-tonga-walBoard of Directors

Mr. Carl Sanft    
Position Chairperson  
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Dr. Nailasikau Halatuituia    
Position Board Member  
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Ms. Fuiva Kavaliku    
Position Board Member  
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Mr. Sione Havea Taione    
Position Board Member  
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Mr. ‘Aisake Tu’iono    
Position Board Member  
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Waste Authority Limited (WAL) is part of the Utilities group and its board of directors are shared with Tonga Water Board and Tonga Power Limited.

Waste Authority Limited was established under the Waste Management Act 2005 (WM Act) as the “approved” waste authority for Tongatapu.

The functions of the Waste Authority Limited are set out in Section 6 of the WM Act and include to establish, improve, maintain, operate and manage the collection and disposal of all the waste in Tongatapu; including but not limited to the provision of commercial, industrial and residential waste collection; provision of waste management facilities; ensuring the sound management of waste dump site areas; the provision of appropriate waste treatment; provision of waste management services to ships and aircraft and imposition of requirements to be observed by pilots and ship masters; promotion of recycling; monitoring the effects of waste on human health; regulating persons involved in the transportation, storage and disposal of waste; preparation, adoption and enforcement of rules regulating activities associated with the management of waste; implementing litter and waste control measures; raising public awareness on the minimization of waste; and performing any other approved function.

Section 7 of the WM Act states that WAL may undertake community service obligations (CSO) as directed by the board. But WAL will only be obliged to undertake the CSO if the government undertakes to pay the agreed costs. CSO are referred to as Government Policy Obligations in the Public Enterprise Act as amended in 2010.

WAL can levy fees and charges for the services it provides, but only as stipulated in its establishing Act.

Major achievements in 2015 include:

  • Significant reduction in costs while improving revenues
  • Improved asset management
  • Improved customer focus, service and complaint response
  • Cabinet approval of an environment levy to be applied to all cruise ship passengers to assist with costs of public bins and convenience facilities
  • Development of the Clean Green Tonga Program

Financial Highlights

Financial Highlights (T$’000) 2014 2015 2016 5-yr Average
Revenue 1,794 1,784 1,669 1,334
Net Profit After Tax -14 151 229 -360
CSO payments 0 0 0 353
Total Assets 3,124 2,507 4,701 2,936
Total Liabilities 3,184 2,417 1,926
Shareholders Funds -61 90 270 1,010
ROE % NE 168.0% 85.0% 21.1%
ROA % 0.0% 6.0% 5% -11.8%
Asset Utilization 57% 71% 45%
Cash / Current liabilities 0.660 1.074 0.508

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