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Diver Urges Taveuni Islanders To Stop Littering, Be Proud Of Garden Island

Diver Urges Taveuni Islanders To Stop Littering, Be Proud Of Garden Island
Children on Taveuni Island participated in cleanup campaign on August 25,2018. Photo:Supplied
August 31
11:00 2018

A dive instructor on the gar­den island of Taveuni is urging people on the island to stop littering as it poses a great threat to the environment, apart from being an eye sore.

Dive Academy Fiji co-owner and instructor, Jone Waitaiti said with the help of sponsors and volunteers, they have so far conducted three clean-up campaigns on the island.

Mr Waitaiti was inspired to carry out the clean-up campaign after wit­nessing dead whales and other sea animals while conducting diving classes on the island.

“With the help of a few sponsors I was able to conduct a clean-up campaign from Wairiki to Nalele where the old Government wharf is and also from Somosomo Village to Naqere Town this month,” he said.

In the last clean-up, Mr Waitaiti said they loaded a seven tonne truck full of rubbish, mostly plastic bags.

Because of his love for the environ­ment and especially the sea, he said he would continue his anti-littering campaign.

Mr Waitaiti believes that some of the contributing factors that lead people to littering are the lack of awareness, no provision of rubbish bins in town or along the roads, and no policing or monitoring of perpe­trators.

“I love the environment and I don’t want to see our sea creatures and plants dying because of people throwing rubbish in the sea,” he said.

Because there is no town council on the island, Mr Waitaiti has urged business operators on the island to place rubbish bins in front of their shops, and respective Government departments to conduct awareness on good rubbish disposal.

“Taveuni Island is very beauti­ful and many tourists love to dive or spend their holiday here. I will continue to conduct clean-up cam­paigns until people here learn to have civic pride and stop littering.”

He acknowledged the success of the three clean-up campaigns to children and parents who had vol­untarily assisted.

Sponsors also included the Pacific Transport Limited, Hussein Hard­ware, Katoni and Ria Poni Restau­rant.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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