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National Shame

The Nasinu Town Council has fined 159 people and 38 people were convicted in court for litter-related offences in Nasinu alone this year. Council chief executive officer Aktar Ali said
30 Nov 2015 10:21
National Shame

The Nasinu Town Council has fined 159 people and 38 people were convicted in court for litter-related offences in Nasinu alone this year.
Council chief executive officer Aktar Ali said the council began enforcement work at night times as many residents use the dark to dump rubbish along Nasinu roads and nearby areas.
Mr Ali urged the Nasinu residents to display civic pride towards their town and avoid indiscriminate dumping of rubbish.
“They are also advised to make use of the collection schedules for the collection of wastes and avoid placing their rubbish on non-collection days,” he said.
In a bid to avoid this issue, the council has requested information from the public about offenders who will be penalised with on-the-spot fines.
Government has implemented the Litter Promulgation 2008 and Litter (Amendment) Decree 2010.
There are now $40 on-the-spot fines and other penalties for littering range from $500 to $10,000 or prison terms of three months to 12 months.
Any corporate body found committing a second or subsequent offence under the Litter Decree faces the maximum penalty under the Decree of $10,000.
The Fiji Sun observed parts of the Nasinu area yesterday and found mounds of rubbish carelessly dumped along the roadsides.
After the Fiji Sun highlighted recently, the Minister for Local Government, Urban Development, Housing and Environment, Parveen Kumar, launched a national ‘Name and Shame’.
The campaign deters people from committing this shameful act.

Government commitment
Government’s commitment toward the campaign was underlined by the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s message this year expressing his disgust over random dumping of rubbish.
Mr Bainimarama came out strongly against litterbugs and has urged people to help shame and pressure those who rubbish our country.



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