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Caught In The Act

A waste care management company has sent home a driver pending investigations for dumping rubbish illegally at Nabou, Nadroga. But Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government, Housing and Environment Parveen Bala
31 Jul 2017 11:00
Caught In The Act
Pictured here is the driver and truck that was spotted illegally dumping rubbish at Nabou, Nadroga, on July 30, 2017. Photo: Mike Jamieson

A waste care management company has sent home a driver pending investigations for dumping rubbish illegally at Nabou, Nadroga.

But Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government, Housing and Environment Parveen Bala said:

“Sending the driver home will not solve the problem. My team will lodge a complaint and will investigate. Appropriate action will be taken.”

Pictured is the truck used to illegally dump rubbish in Nabou, Nadroga, on July 30, 2017. Photo: Mike Jamieson

Pictured is the truck used to illegally dump rubbish in Nabou, Nadroga, on July 30, 2017. Photo: Mike Jamieson

Waste Clear (Fiji) Limited Director Sanjeev Chand said, “There was no directive from the company to dump the rubbish at that spot.

“We have sent the driver home for his wrong conduct and we are carrying out our investigation as this is against the company policy. We apologise for the inconvenience caused. However, we have taken full responsibility including clearing the area.”

The matter came to light after eye witness Mike Jamieson, Evergreen International Fiji Manager Security Western Division, captured on camera, a truck tipping off rubbish at a secluded spot at 10.20am on Saturday.

It comes amidst growing national concern over the dumping of rubbish and littering of roadsides and urban and rural areas.

The same spot in Nabou, Nadroga, has now been cleared by the company. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

The same spot in Nabou, Nadroga, has now been cleared by the company. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Mr Jamieson said it was sad to people paid to help keep Fiji clean, cut corners to save money and make our environment and Fiji look dirty.

“These on a main highway with hundreds of tourists travel every week or passing by every day.”

Mr Jamieson said the driver begged that the incident not to be posted on the social media, Facebook.

“In his statement, he said that he is poor and yet he thought to litter in that beautiful environment,” he said. 

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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