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$161,009 Garbage Compactor Truck To Boost Lautoka Waste Collection Service

A new $161,009 garbage compactor truck donated by the Japanese Government will provide a more efficient waste collection service for Lautoka City ratepayers.
27 Sep 2019 15:20
$161,009 Garbage Compactor Truck To Boost Lautoka Waste Collection Service
From left: Japanese Ambassador to Fiji Masahiro Omura wih the Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Local Government, Housing and Community Development Premila Kumar during the handover of the new garbage compactor truck in Lautoka on September 26, 2019. Photo: Salote Qalubau

A new $161,009 garbage compactor truck donated by the Japanese Government will provide a more efficient waste collection service for Lautoka City ratepayers.

The Lautoka City Council received the garbage compactor truck yesterday.

Chief guest during the official handover was the Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Local Government, Housing and Community Development Premila Kumar.

She said the Fijian Government placed the highest priority in maintaining a clean environment, particularly as we continue to address the impacts of climate change.

Mrs Kumar said the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama was in New York, advocating on the world stage for decisive global action on climate change.

“The Fijian Government recognises the need to create a cleaner environment and waste-free public spaces,” Minister Kumar said.

“This commitment of the Government means we continue to focus on appropriate collection and disposal of waste.”

She said a total of $2.5 million had been invested over the past five years by the Fijian Government to fund five open garbage trucks and 12 compactor garbage trucks.

“Further, the increase in the solid waste management collection subsidy from $1.5m in 2018-2019 to $3m in the 2019-2020 Budget, underlines the importance of maintaining a clean Fiji,” she said.

As a result of Lautoka City’s high population and economic growth, the waste generation now amounts to 18,000 tonnes daily and is increasing yearly.

“Lautoka City Council spends at least $310,000 annually on garbage collecting services, while an average of $400,000 is spent annually on the Vunato Landfill,” she said.

“The addition of this new compactor truck is invaluable to the delivery of waste management services in Lautoka.”

Mrs Kumar added the onus was on members of the public to do their part in environmental sustainability.

“It is important that we remember that trucks and proper rubbish bins cannot perform their duties alone. The first part of maintaining a cleaner environment must be practised by you the ratepayers of Lautoka,” she said.

“Your good practices will contribute to higher living standards, lower health risks, cleaner environments and less waste in our waterways.”

The Japanese ambassador to Fiji Masahiro Omura said waste management included preserving and protecting the environment.

“Since its COP23 presidency, Fiji is playing a lead role in this area. I am pleased that this project is in line with such aspirations of the Fijian Government,” he said.

“I wish to kindly urge Lautoka City Council to exercise timely maintenance of the truck. This will ensure its longevity in serving the people of Lautoka.”

Meanwhile, Lautoka City Council chief executive officer Jone Nakauvadra said the new garbage compactor truck would assist efforts for service delivery.

Edited by Percy Kean

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