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Rubbish Dumping Angers Ministry

Rubbish Dumping Angers Ministry
Minister for Fisheries and Ocean Champion, Semi Koroilavesau, during the clean up campaign at Colo-i-Suva Forest Reserves on January 24, 2018. Photo: Lusiana Tuimaisala
January 25
11:00 2018

Second clean-up campaign shows people still throwing rubbish in Colo-i-Suva

Ministry of Forests officials say they are disappointed with the amount of rub­bish collected during their second clean-up campaign yesterday at Colo-i-Suva Reserves.

The Acting Permanent Secretary, Bernadette Welch, said this was il­legal and unacceptable behaviour.

Ms Welch said Fijians had lost sight of the fact that they had a responsibility to protect their envi­ronment.

“I would like to see people start call-out and report those who are involved in illegal dumping,” she said.

She said some of their staff would undergo training by the Ministry of Environment on ways to moni­tor illegal dumping.

“In this way we can partner with them,” she said.

Ms Welch said they would also engage the entire ministry in the Western and Central divisions in the clean-up campaign.

“People don’t take seriously that they are breaking the law when dumping on an illegal dump.”

Ms Welch said the third clean-up campaign would take place next week.

Minister for Fisheries and Ocean Champion, Semi Koroilavesau, was thankful for the invitation to be part of the campaign.

He said: “I was quite surprised rubbish been dumped and hidden on the road side. We could see the different layers of rubbish being dumped in the forest.”

“This is embarrassing because we have a lot of education and public awareness being conducted but people still do illegal dumping.

“To me this indicates the mental­ity of people doing this. They can’t dispose of their rubbish at the proper dump.”

“We need to have pride in the sur­rounding that we live in, and we don’t have any right to dump rub­bish anyhow.”

Mr Koroilavesau also said: “This rubbish will end up in the ocean when it rains and will affect the living organisms that rely on the ocean.”

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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