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Health Unit Takes Action In Waituri Illegal Rubbish Dump Site

Health Unit Takes Action In Waituri Illegal Rubbish Dump Site
Rubbish piled up at Waituri, Nausori on July 15, 2017.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.
July 20
11:00 2017

To appoint a private contractor to move it to Naboro Landfill is working closely with the Nausori Rural Local Authority to address illegal rubbish dump sites in Nausori.

The issue was brought to light by the Environment Health Unit in an article in the Fiji Sun on July 3.

Residents claim that a contracted rubbish truck company dumps rubbish on the vacant farm land in Waituri near Nausori instead of taking them to Naboro Landfill.

The ministry in a release responded to the article ‘Hidden Isolated Illegal Dumping Site Exposed’ said it would appoint a private contractor to remove the rubbish to the Naboro Landfill.

“The costs involved, which may be substantial, will be met by reallocating funds within the ministry’s 2017/18 budget,” the release stated.

The ministry is reminding people to refrain from illegal dumping of rubbish, or else face on-the-spot fines under the Litter Act for causing environmental pollution.

The ministry also pointed out that relocating rubbish from illegal dump sites is a waste of financial resource that could have been better used for other health services.

Upon visiting the site yesterday, some rubbish at Waituri was being burned.

Farmer Sevula Rawasoi, said he burnt the rubbish because he could not stand the odour.

“The smell from the dump site is unbearable. People who go past it have to cover their mouths and noses,” Mr Raiwasoi said.

He said when they moved in to the area in 2011, the area was clean.

Mr Rawasoi said that the Nausori Rural Local Authority should put up notices or a signboard to stop people from dumping in the area.

“Without a notice, people will still think that the area is a legal rubbish dump.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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