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Samoa takes a cue from Lautoka system

Maciu Malo
Friday, December 09, 2011

A GOVERNMENT team from Samoa is in Lautoka studying the weighbridge system at the Vunato Land Dumping Site.

Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Principal Waste Management Officer Setoa Apo said they plan to follow the same concept in Samoa.

He said the Lautoka landfill was one of the best in the Pacific and was the reason they came to Fiji.

"We will also pilot the 3R concept on waste minimisation," Mr Apo said.

"We'd like to take up the success story in Lautoka and develop our own waste minimisation project and then from there we will go forward.

"It is a JICA project for the region, so they've sent us here to study the system in Lautoka and learn from here.

"Actually in the Pacific, the Lautoka landfill is the only site that has adopted the weighbridge system."

Mr Apo said in Samoa the decomposing of waste were done by NGOs. "At the moment we don't have a weighbridge system in Samoa and we are banking on this visit to help us install this new system back home," he said.

Lautoka administrator Praveen Bala said the council, which manages the site, was honoured to host the delegation and to conduct training for them.

"I thank the Samoan government for choosing our council for a venue for training," he said.

"The weighbridge system has also introduced transparency and fairness in terms of levy disposal in accordance with the weight of the waste disposed and printer receipts issued for accountability purposes.

"This training is a regional training one for staff involved in solid waste management in the Pacific who're offered the opportunity to observe the work of their counterparts."