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Litter Officers Told To Use Powers To Prevent Litter

  Litter Prevention Officers (LPO) have the authority to intervene to prevent litter. This was confirmed by Department of Waste Management Unit, senior environment officer Laisani Lewanavanua while facilitating a
01 Apr 2016 09:00
Litter Officers Told To Use  Powers To Prevent Litter
Participants at the Litter (Amendment) Decree 2010 and Litter Promulgation 2008 refresher program with the staff of Department of Environment office Labasa office yesterday. Photo: SHRATIKA NAIDU

 

Litter Prevention Officers (LPO) have the authority to intervene to prevent litter.

This was confirmed by Department of Waste Management Unit, senior environment officer Laisani Lewanavanua while facilitating a refresher programme on Litter (Amendment) Decree 2010 and Litter Promulgation 2008.

The Litter Prevention Officers from Labasa and Savusavu Town Council’s gathered at the Department of Environment office in Labasa were told to use their powers effectively.

“LPO should enforce the provisions of the promulgation and decree and summarily intervene to prevent the deposit of litter,” Ms Lewanavanua said.

“If LPO finds or believes that a person or corporate body has deposited litter in any public place, he or she (LPO) can issue a litter notice to the offender immediately.

“Such as to ask the offender to place the litter in the nearest receptacle or issue a fine of $40 to $500 depending on the type of offence committed or order the offender to do community service.”

Northern Division senior environment officer Lote Rusaqoli said through LPO’s presence in Labasa and Savusavu Town Councils, have been many improvements in terms of litter.

“We have noticed that people are using rubbish bins to throw their litter to avoid being fined by the LPOs,” Mr Rusaqoli said.

“The challenge for us this year is to reach out to people in the peri-urban areas educating them to stop littering and dispose rubbish at the right place in a right way.

“Our department is going to work together with LPOs to reduce litter issues and have quarterly based review to see whether we have achieved our mission or not.”

Edited by Paula Tuvuki

shratikan@fijisun.com.fj

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