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9-Ton Garbage Compactor Truck Allows Town Council To Keep Services In-House

“For more than two decades the Sigatoka Town Council has been outsourcing the waste management services to a private contractor. Now the council will be able to generate savings by providing the service in-house while they are vetting resources for beautification and for other economic activities,” Ms Kumar said.
08 Oct 2021 13:37
9-Ton Garbage Compactor Truck Allows Town Council To Keep Services In-House
From left: Sigatoka Town Council acting chief executive officer, Muni Anand Sami Pillay, Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts and Local Goverment, Premila Kumar with Ambassador of Japan, Kawakami Fumihiro at the handing over ceremony of a 9-ton garbage compactor truck to Sigatoka Town Council on October 7, 2021. Photo: Leon Lord

Sigatoka Town Council will not have to outsource its waste management services to a private contractor after they were handed over a nine-ton garbage compactor truck.

Minister for Local Government, Premila Kumar, thanked the Ambassador of Japan Kawakami Fumihiro for the timely donation in Suva yesterday.

“For more than two decades the Sigatoka Town Council has been outsourcing the waste management services to a private contractor. Now the council will be able to generate savings by providing the service in-house while they are vetting resources for beautification and for other economic activities,” Ms Kumar said.

Garbage collection services

“The Sigatoka Town Council has one open truck which is providing the waste collection services in the extended town boundaries for eight settlements including two informal settlements with an estimated population of 2184.

“The garbage collection services within town boundary are outsourced to a private contractor at a cost of $71, 111. The services include the collection and disposal of kitchen waste only. The council will now carry out in-house garbage collection services from October 8, 2021.

“Within the town boundary and according to the council the compactor truck is expected to cater for 249 ratepayers and 328 business houses. The garbage collection services will include Sigatoka residential and commercial areas.

“Despite the low garbage fee, the Sigatoka Town Council is owed a sum of $20, 819 from the total garbage collection fee of $35, 752.

Town rates and fees

“For the council to provide garbage services and other key services it relies on the revenue earned from the rates and fees.

“If ratepayers don’t pay their rates and fees on time that is when the council starts facing financial problems and I encourage all ratepayers of Sigatoka to please clear their dues with the council and if this is not being done, then obviously the council will take legal actions and refer it to the small claims tribunal to recover the money owed to them.”

Ms Kumar said keeping Fiji clean was everyone’s responsibility.

Mr Kawakami said the nine-ton garbage compactor truck was worth US$85, 593 (FD$180,868).

“This project has been implemented under Japan’s grassroots grant assistance scheme,” Mr Kawakami said.

“The new truck will enhance the efficiency of waste management services of the council and improve cleanliness, hygiene and sanitation of the municipality.

“To date, Japan has provided 12 garbage compactor trucks to municipal councils across Fiji.”

Edited by Rayape Karavaki

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