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$70k For Disposal Site

The Sigatoka Town Council has taken a proactive approach to address waste management after the official opening of the $70,000 rehabilitated Sigatoka Disposal Site yesterday. The Ministry of Local Government,
30 Oct 2014 11:43
$70k For Disposal Site
From left: Yurie Sakai, JICA resident representative Shumon Yoshiara, the Permanent Secretary for Local Government, Housing and Environment, Samuela Namosimalua and Sigatoka Town Council special administrator Jay Whyte at the Sigatoka Disposal Site yesterday. Photo: Sheik Dean

The Sigatoka Town Council has taken a proactive approach to address waste management after the official opening of the $70,000 rehabilitated Sigatoka Disposal Site yesterday.

The Ministry of Local Government, Housing and Environment and key stakeholders are thankful that such projects will assist in rectifying the waste management situations in Fiji.

The Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Samuela Namosimalua said Fiji, like all the other small island developing nations in the Pacific, recognised that waste management was a national issue that needed immediate action.

“Waste at the moment is being either thrown in the open dumpsites, illegally ending up in the sea or on unused land, in the streets or being burnt in piles in the backyard,” Mr Namosimalua said.

“Burning municipal waste is a major health problem with some toxins in the smoke being carcinogens and some persist in the environment.”

Mr Namosimalua thanked   the Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA) for the funding.

The Sigatoka dumpsite is located near the national heritage, the Sand Dunes, along the Queens Highway.

JICA resident representative Shumon Yoshiara said waste management was a serious issue for Pacific island countries.

“To assist in addressing this issue, JICA has provided wide technical assistance in the field of waste management to the Pacific Islands Forum member countries since 2000,” Mr Yoshiara.

JICA has also implemented the 3R project (reduce, reuse and recycle) in October 2008 and the promotion of the Shibushi Model from the city of Shibushi in Japan from 2011-2014.

The Nadi Town Council and the Lautoka City Council also assisted in the project.

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