Nasinu Residents Complain Rubbish Piles Not Collected

Town Council: Irresponsibility of the residents, who put out their rubbish days after the town council has collected it
06 Jul 2020 09:03
Nasinu Residents Complain Rubbish Piles Not Collected
Vijay Singh of Kelland Street, Narere, points at the pile of rubbish on their street roundadbout on July 4, 2020. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga

The Nasinu Town Council has been collaborating with the Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA) since June 15 to clear waste around the Nasinu area after the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Harold.

And residents of Nasinu have been urged by the Nasinu Town Council to strictly adhere to the council’s waste collection schedule.

This was highlighted by Nasinu Town Council acting chief executive officer, Nimatari Colaudolu, after a few residents of Narere complained of rubbish still not collected around their neighbourhood.

“The rubbish piles that are seen in some areas is because of the irresponsibility of residents, who put out their rubbish days after the town council has collected it. Residents should take ownership of it,” Mr Colaudolu said.

Narere resident, Vijay Singh, claims that the rubbish piles and stagnant water near Kelland Street roundabout has been there for months after many complaints to the town council.

“The leaking water pipes have created a pond around the rubbish and mosquitoes are breeding there,” he said.

“I have gone to the town council and asked for them to remove the rubbish, but nothing has been done. It is so frustrating because I am concerned about the health of residents here.”

Mr Colaudolu said: “We have already cleared the whole of Narere and we are requesting residents to adhere to the schedule because otherwise it defeats the purpose of being responsible. It would result to a $40 litter fine.”

Moreover, the Nasinu Town Council, with the assistance of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services, are increasing community awareness programmes on proper management of waste and disposal. Prevention awareness on major diseases such as dengue fever, leptospirosis and typhoid was part of their clean-up operation.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce


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