Rubbish disposal

Areki Dawai, Samabula, Suva | Tuesday, June 13, 2017
I believe it is for the sake of publicity and public spotlight that a collaboration of organisations, companies, institutions and the government in organising a clean-up campaign along urban seashores and roadsides and I believe it will not solve the problem of rubbish washing up ashore daily.

The position we all need to target and pay more attention to is to get to the root of where the rubbish is coming from.

An example is our villages, housing, settlements and squatters where large amount of rubbish are thrown daily into nearby creeks, drains and rivers where it then washes into the sea drifting for miles, ending up ashore elsewhere.

A case in point where rubbish is washed ashore daily is the seashore from the Maritime School to My Suva Picnic Park.

As champions for a cleaner and beautiful Fiji, organisations, institutions, religious bodies, companies and the Government have to look no further but to seriously double their commitment to tackle the ongoing problem by reaching out and enforcing awareness, educational understanding, provide subsidised waste bins collected weekly and perhaps impose penalties in villages, settlements and squatters who will not comply.

For we who are residing in settlements, squatters, housings and villagers have come away from the practices of practical living, from disposing rubbish into dug up pits but to freely dispose rubbish at the back of villages, in rivers, creeks and drains.

For many of the adults, it will be easier said than done to educate them about manners but it is the young generation where there is a major need to pay heed of the impact of polluting the environment.

For a cleaner and brighter surrounding, I do hope that we, as custodians of this given earth, will all act now regardless of our age, ability and ethnicity to come together and retain a better and healthy environment for our future generation.

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