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Vakarewa, Nasinu Town Council’s Very Own Anti-litter Resident

Nanise Tumuana can be seen, with her husband, Tevita Vakarewa, along Caubati area picking up rubbish which has been thrown and dumped by many. She calls herself a Nasinu Town
30 Oct 2017 15:44
Vakarewa, Nasinu Town Council’s  Very Own Anti-litter Resident

Nanise Tumuana can be seen, with her husband, Tevita Vakarewa, along Caubati area picking up rubbish which has been thrown and dumped by many.

She calls herself a Nasinu Town Council volunteer. She says she been tasked by the council to look out and report those who are doing the illegal act. She is not paid from the council.

But what drives this 47-year-old to do what many wouldn’t even consider is her disgust at the sight and smell of rubbish in this area.

Also because just along the area where people have dumped rubbish she and her family run a mini market.

The Caubati resident has been a market vendor and residing there for the past 16 years.

She claims that residents along Tacirua, Nadera and Sakoca, have been dumping their rubbish in this area the past few months.

Ms Tumuana said before they started cleaning, the rubbish used to be lying along and on the road which made it difficult for residents to walk because there was no footpath in that area.

She said it was about six months ago when she came in contact with the Nasinu Town Council.

That is when she decided to help the council in reporting non-residents of Caubati who dump rubbish in their area.

“It was important for us to come up with the initiative because it was hard for us to walk along the road as we had to walk on the rubbish piles when the road gets busy.

“People used to throw all kinds of rubbish including used diapers which had worms and rotten food.

“We had made many complaints to the town council and since I have my market stall across the rubbish dump, they asked if I would like to volunteer to help the town council in identifying people who dump rubbish in our area. And I agreed to it so we could keep our area clean.”

She said people used to come and throw rubbish, especially during the night.

“My husband and I started to pick the rubbish and throw it in the bins. Although the rubbish will have worms and rotten items, we would pick it up with our bare hands and throw it into the skip bins.

“Now, with the help of the town council, I record the vehicle numbers of people throwing rubbish in our area and report them to the council.

“Before, people used to argue with me for reporting them and ask for my identification card. But the town council provided me with the ID.

“Our community members work with us to keep our area clean but yet, people from outside of Caubati continue to throw rubbish here. We urge everyone to keep their areas clean and neat because that is where we live and our children grow up,” Ms Tumuana said.

Council

Fiji Sun has contacted Nasinu Town Council chief executive Lute Berends for comment. Mr Berends in a text last night said he would look into the questions.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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