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Compactor Truck Woes Delay Rubbish Collection

Compactor Truck Woes Delay Rubbish Collection
Leo Logayau of Matau Road in Caubati, Nasinu beside the pile of uncollected rubbish on the roadside on June 17, 2017. Photo: Ronald Kumar
June 19
10:26 2017

Leo Logayau, 30, of Caubati in Nasinu, said that Nasinu Town Council rubbish collecting services at the moment are pathetic.

Mr Logayau made the comment yesterday when interviewed by Fiji Sun outside his home at Matau Road, Caubati, regarding the piles of uncollected rubbish along the road side.

“Garbage trucks no longer come around two weeks prior to month end to collect the rubbish,” said Mr Logayau.

He said when the community living in the area don’t pay their levy; staff from the council threatened them by bringing overdue levies and notices.

“And when we pay our levy they never come and clear the rubbish on time.”

He said the council was responsible in the clearing and cleaning of drains and also the collection of rubbish.

“The major concern now is the flies and mosquitoes breeding out from these piles of rubbish making it now a health risk,” Mr Logayau said.

“We pay $60 to $80 yearly for the town rates.

“They’re just getting money out from us but not clearing the rubbish.”

He said that everyday rubbish is accumulating and the council need to be taken to task for their laxity.

Fiji Sun witnessed that an uncollected heap was from household rubbish, snack packets, old electrical and electronic appliances, green refuse, and stuffed plastic bags.

Nasinu Town Council chief executive officer, Lute Berends, said they apologise because the council was behind schedule.

Mr Berends said they were doing their best to catch up soon.

Moreover he said three of the five compactor trucks had technical problems.

“We are using open trucks to compensate, but they are less efficient.”

He said that the unpaid rates by the Nasinu residents are a problem.

Collection of kitchen garbage around Nasinu area is twice a week, while green refuse is collected once a month.

“In addition to these two collections we also collect e-wastes and white goods once every quarter.

“The collection schedules are provided to all ratepayers and for garbage it’s supposed to be placed on the morning of collection days while for green refuse it’s two days before collection.”

He said the rules on the type of items, placement of refuse and warning for illegal dumping is listed in the schedules.

“All schedules are sent to all ratepayers at the beginning of the year together with rates notices.”

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

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