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Extra Officers Deployed On Lax Rubbish Disposal

Despite the awareness campaigns on proper rubbish disposal people continue to throw their rubbish in the wrong locations. The city and town councils have assigned more litter officers to ensure
17 Apr 2016 09:52
Extra Officers Deployed On Lax Rubbish Disposal
Rubbish along the roadside in Viria West road in Vatuwaqa , Suva. Photo: SAHAHNI MALA.

Despite the awareness campaigns on proper rubbish disposal people continue to throw their rubbish in the wrong locations.

The city and town councils have assigned more litter officers to ensure people do the right thing.

Minister for Local Government, Housing, Environment, Infrastructure and Transport Parveen Kumar said: “From this year we have put in place more litter officers around the country to monitor people.

“They are employed by their various town and city councils to keep an eye on people.

“The litter officer will fine people on the spot if they are found throwing rubbish here and there.”

Mr Kumar said people must have pride for their town and cities and they must ensure that their towns and cities are clean.

“If people throw their rubbish in the bins then there is no need for the town councils to employ workers and the money can be used by them for other developments,” he said.

Mr Kumar has urged the general public to throw their rubbish in the bins provided.

The Fiji Sun team toured some areas of Suva and found rubbish strewn along roadsides.

From household rubbish, to snack packets, old electronic appliances and plastic bags, these are some of the waste carelessly discarded on the road sides. Improper rubbish disposal as such has various impacts on our environment.

Government has also implemented the Litter Promulgation 2008 and Litter (Amendment) Decree 2010.

There are now $40 on-the-spot fines and other penalties for littering ranging 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 will face the full brunt of the law with the maximum penalty under the Decree of $10,000.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

Feedback:  shahani.mala@fijisun.com.fj

 


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