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Fijians Should Be Ashamed Of Rubbish On Road: Tourism Man

Fijians Should Be Ashamed Of Rubbish On Road: Tourism Man
Vuda Marina general manager Adam Wade (far right) with his friends clear up the rubbish along the roadside in Waimalika in Sabeto yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA
July 25
11:15 2017

Tourism stakeholders at Vuda in Lautoka could not stand the sight of roadside rubbish any longer.

They wore their gloves and cleared three illegal dump sites.

They were also disgusted by the littering on the 15km stretch of road between Vuda and Nadi Airport.

Adam Wade, the Vuda Marina general manager, said the lack of care about the environment in this country was scary.

Mr Wade led a group and cleared the rubbish which was loaded onto a truck in Waimalika, Sabeto, yesterday.

They took away a truck-load of rubbish.

“People in Fiji should be ashamed of themselves, it is pretty disgusting in their general disregard of the environment,” he said.

“I got a group of guys who are picking up others’ rubbish and there is no need.

“Let’s be responsible and take it to the tip and incinerate it.

“Whatever it is don’t dump it on the side of the road for every man and their dog to look at it every single day.

“No one gives a s***. It is really disappointing.

“People are simply lazy and we need to stop this

“You don’t need the Government to put up signs not to litter on the side of the road; we don’t need a sign to tell us that we don’t have to litter here and there, it’s common sense.

“We clean it up by ourselves we should not do it in the first place.

“Don’t dump it at the side of the road

“There were whole garbage bags full of what is obviously household rubbish.

“Why can’t you take it to the dump? Or put it in a bin? Or organise a designated spot in your community to dispose of your rubbish? Maybe you’re too lazy…or blasé…or stupid…or don’t care?

“I care. This is pathetic. All of this rubbish is on the side of the road next to a drain or creek.

“There have not been any significant rains in Nadi for months.

“But when we do, you know where it is going? It’s going to get washed into the ocean, where we swim, where we surf and where we fish.

“For those of us in the tourism industry, we keep trying to tell people how wonderful Fiji is, how pristine the environment is, how clean the air is, how everyone is connected to the Vanua, how everyone cares so much for the land and how it is “the way the world should be.

“Pretty hard to keep beating that drum when the reality looks something like this. Makes me sad.”

He thanked one of his friends, businessman Wella Pillay, who organised one of his trucks to be used in the transportation of the rubbish to be incinerated.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa



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