THE Tagimoucia Festival committee organised a clean-up program last week with the hope of turning Taveuni into an eco-friendly island.
The clean-up covered Somosomo Village, and areas between the Naqara shopping centre and Lamini Village.
Festival committee spokeswoman Robin Kelly said it was encouraging to see members of the community and children joining the clean-up from Naqara to Lamini Village.
Mrs Kelly said those who turned up were given gloves.
All the rubbish collected were placed in bags and dumped at the Health Ministry's trash disposal site in Waiyevo.
"The streets are usually littered with rubbish because of the lack of proper rubbish bins, irregular clearing of bins and most importantly the absence of a formal dump site on the island," she said.
"AusAID is now assisting communities on the island by providing funding for the establishment of waste transfer stations.
"This will enable communities to separate plastic bottles and aluminium cans from their waste and return these free of charge to Coca- Cola in Suva."
Mrs Kelly said they were in talks with a manufacturing company in Suva that was willing to pay those who recycled their plastic bottles.
"The support from various agencies, along with community effort, will be a great start towards keeping Taveuni clean.
"We will be actively involved in more clean-up campaigns," she said.