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Burnt Rubbish Irks Jittu Estate Resident

What has really infuriated Mr Chand is that someone in their neighbourhood has a habit of burning the rubbish that is being dumped at a spot.
10 Nov 2019 13:12
Burnt Rubbish Irks Jittu Estate Resident
Ramen Chand at the spot where rubbish is being dumped and burnt. His house is located on the opposite side of the road in Jittu Estate. Photo: Shalveen Chand

Improper solid waste management remains the biggest problem faced by the Suva City Council.

This issue is not isolated for the biggest municipality but is a national problem.

Jittu Estate resident Ramen Chand is not happy with the way some residents have been dumping rubbish, mostly plastics, cardboard and other solid wastes.

What has really infuriated Mr Chand is that someone in their neighbourhood has a habit of burning the rubbish that is being dumped at a spot.

“This happens around midnight or early hours of the morning. The first thing is that rubbish should not be dumped there,” he said.

“SCC put up a few signs in other areas and it has stopped. My real concern is that the water pipes to my house lie directly under the place where the rubbish is being dumped.

“The fire destroys the water pipes. This has to stop. I am making a request to the rightful authorities to step in.”

Suva and Lami special administrator team chair, Israel Tikoduadua, said the problem was not the rubbish, it was human behaviour.

“The main problem among other various environmental issues facing Suva City today has been improper solid waste management practices,” Mr Tikoduadua said.

“Indiscriminate dumping along roadsides, waterways, drains and parks by irresponsible citizens has seen the heavy cost in maintenance and capital programmes.

“To date, we have issued 341 litter bookings and 729 warnings to people who have been found littering in Suva City.”

Mr Tikoduadua believes if people do the right thing and put their rubbish in the proper bins, the litter problem would be non-existent.

“It is time that we all get together and strive towards keeping Suva City Clean and green,” he said.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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