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Millions spent on waste

Sheenal Sharma
Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A SIX-MEMBER team from Japan will assist the Suva City Council improve waste management in Suva.

The Shibushi Expert team, which is led by Junichi Nishikawa, will be setting up compost sites.

Speaking at a presentation at the council chambers yesterday, council acting CEO Bijay Chand said the council spent $2million and $3million on waste management every year.

Mr Chand said the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) funded- project would reduce the amount of waste taken to the landfill and generate revenue for the council.

"At the moment we are spending a lot on the management of our solid waste."

Mr Chand said managing waste was a great concern to every municipality because it was associated with money, people's health and its environmental degradation.

"Waste management is done to ensure waste does not have a negative impact on the people and the environment."

Mr Chand said it would be a continuing project which would be monitored by the Shibushi team.