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Nasinu Garbage Still Piling Up

It also emerged yesterday that more than 30 Nasinu Town Council staff members have had their contracts expired.
07 Jan 2020 10:02
Nasinu Garbage Still Piling Up
Rubbish piles up by the roadside in Tuirara, Nasinu, on January 5, 2020. Photo: Shalveen Chand

Garbage piling up in different areas in Nasinu is becoming a common sight.

Residents say they have become frustrated with the Nasinu Town Council.

Rubbish collection is not taking place as scheduled in the municipality.

Nasinu Town Council Special Administrators chair Elizabeth Jane Algar said they would issue a media statement today once they had the facts.

It also emerged yesterday that more than 30 Nasinu Town Council staff members have had their contracts expired. This was confirmed by Ms Algar. Whether this resulted in the irregular collection of garbage in the area it was denied by Nasinu/Nausori Special Administrator, Uma Kant Patel.

Council workers were seen yesterday collecting rubbish in areas where collections have been delayed. The delay meant rubbish being piled up.

In some areas, there has been no green waste collection since Tropical Cyclone Sarai passed.

In Tuirara, people are putting their kitchen refuse on top of the piles of green waste. This is the same for other areas in Kinoya, Caubati, Valelevu, Narere, Kalabu, Nepani, Nadawa and Nadera.

A retired school teacher and Tuirara resident, Sarwan Singh, said while the council looks to be having issues constantly, the general public must be mindful of the situation.

“This has been happening for weeks now. People can start using bigger garbage bags and not take their little bags to the roadside on a daily basis,” Mr Singh suggested.

“That way we can keep the streets clean and not have health risks. And I feel that people do not have civic pride because some are just throwing their rubbish out on the road, without any care.”

Aparama Rokotagi of Nadawa said he sensed there were deep underlying issues within the council and called on the municipal council to organise a forum with ratepayers.

He said they could help the council, if they knew what the problem was. Edited by Naisa Koroi

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