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More Trained Officers To Enforce Litter Act

It is time to take collective action to safeguard our natural resources from the impacts of improper waste management
05 Mar 2019 09:25
More Trained Officers To Enforce Litter Act
Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development, Waterways and Environment Mahendra Reddy (front row, sixth from left) with litter officers during the Litter Prevention Officers Enforcement Training for the Central Division at the Novotel Lami on March 4,2019. Photo: Simione Haravanua

Since the enforcement of the Litter Act, more than 300 Litter Prevention Officers (LPO) have been appointed and trained from the various Government Departments and Agencies to monitor litter issues.

Yesterday, the first LPO’s Enforcement Training for the Central Divi- sion was held at Novotel Lami Bay Suva
“The Litter Act 2008 prescribes penalties for littering, this includes littering from a vehicle, failing to safeguard traffic and remove litter, and abandoning dangerous litter,” said the Minister of Environment, Mahendra Reddy.

Mr Reddy gave a good example from the Caubati area, Suva.

He said as he was passing by Caubati, he saw rubbish all over the place. He saw people burning rubbish, as well.

“Litter using plastics causes an additional problem of stalling decomposition of materials which could decompose.”
He said litter affects not only the residents or area where litter is thrown but rather the entire community and nation.

“We have to address the supply side as well as demand side. On the supply side, we wish to ban plastic usage. We are promoting recycling of wastes as well as providing disposing options such as provision of bins,” said Mr Reddy.

“On the demand side, we are educating the general public why they should not litter.”

Mr Reddy added that it is time to take collective action to safeguard our natural resources from the impacts of improper waste management and we also need to begin integrating environmental considerations in our management thinking, decisions and risk assessment.

Edited by Susana Tuilau

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