Rubbish worth $4500 collected

THIRTY-SEVEN tonnes of green waste and white goods amounting to just over $4500 were collected by the free solid waste collection service provided by municipal councils last year.

Minister for Local Government, Housing and Environment, Parveen Bala said the ministry was committed to ensuring the environment was kept clean.

“Promoting a clean environment has been one of the priorities for my ministry and a number of new initiatives have been combined with strengthening existing solid waste management awareness and collection programs,” Mr Bala said during the launch of the peri-urban and municipal household solid waste collection services in Tamavua, Suva last week.

He said the ministry had been providing these free rubbish collection services since 2015 and had been extended to villages as well.

“The Ministry for Local Government, Housing and Environment has been very much a part of this program, contributing an annual grant of $100,000 and for the central municipalities,” he said.

“Municipal councils have a close and lasting relationship with local iTaukei villages both in their boundaries and the adjourning areas and I am pleased to note that Fijian municipal councils provide kitchen waste collection services to 28 villages in urban areas across Fiji.”

Municipal councils run more than 250 clean school programs across Fiji and Mr Bala said this had also extended to rural schools.