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Littering Must STOP Department Of Environment Warns

  Littering our roads has been an issue for many years. The Fiji Sun team toured around in some areas of Suva and found rubbish piles alongside the road. Despite
28 Mar 2016 09:05
Littering Must STOP Department Of Environment Warns
Rubbish piled up in Tamavua. Photo: ASHNA KUMAR

 

Littering our roads has been an issue for many years.

The Fiji Sun team toured around in some areas of Suva and found rubbish piles alongside the road.

Despite awareness campaigns on littering, people still continue to dump rubbish alongside the road, rivers and picnic spots.

In November, last year Minister for Local Government, Housing, Environment, Infrastructure and Transport Praveen Kumar said: “The Department of Environment has done various campaigns against littering and has met with limited success, but it is the citizen’s responsibility to keep Fiji clean as there needs to be changes and if required a drastic measure – so be it.”

The Department of Environment had launched the “Name and Shame” campaign that will allow people to take photographs or videos of those who litter including from moving and public service vehicles.

Mr Kumar said: “These photographs and videos will be used to prosecute offenders and taken into tasks.”

The current law any person caught littering will be fined $40 on the spot or other penalties from $500 to $10,000 or even imprisonment term of three months to 12 months.

“We must take pride in our country and ensure that we look after our environment as we work together with the Government in embracing the principle of sustainable development,” Mr Kumar said.

Mr Kumar has encouraged all Fijians to become responsible towards our environment and have a litter free Fiji.

Edited by Maraia Vula

Feedback: jyotip@fijisun.com.fj

 



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