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Squatters in Town Areas to Have Garbage Collected

All informal or squatter settlements within municipal boundaries in Fiji will have their garbage collected by the council in their respective towns. This was the instruction to all municipal heads
03 Feb 2017 11:00
Squatters in Town Areas to Have Garbage Collected
Municipal heads at yesterday’s Local Government Forum in Lautoka. Photo: Charles Chambers

All informal or squatter settlements within municipal boundaries in Fiji will have their garbage collected by the council in their respective towns.

This was the instruction to all municipal heads by the Minister for Local Government, Housing, Environment, Infrastructure and Transport Parveen Bala at the Local Government Forum, Tanoa Waterfront in Lautoka.

“I have already issued the instructions that this be carried out immediately,” Mr Bala said.

The Squatter Settlement Unit within the ministry will bear some of the costs of the garbage collection.

Mr Bala said the people staying in these settlements would also have to pay some fees towards the collection which was being done by contractors.

“Some councils are doing it, but I have instructed all councils to start the collection,” he said.

Previously most councils did not collect garbage from these areas as the residents were not paying town rates and thus did not qualify for such services.

These residents previously disposed of their garbage by taking it themselves to dumps or leaving them in the large collection garbage bins situated around towns.

Some of them staying beside waterways usually threw their rubbish in there.

Mr Bala said this had become a problem and by collecting garbage from them, this would lessen the dumping of rubbish indiscriminately.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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