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Unbearable stench

Shalveen Chand
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

RESIDENTS of Yawa St at Nepani in Nasinu are concerned that their area is being used as a green waste dump site by the Nasinu Town Council for the past two years.

According to residents, foul smell permanently emanates from the dump site which is frequented by rats and flies.

Viliame Koyamaibole has lived most of his life at Yawa St and he claims the Nasinu Town Council is dumping more than just green waste.

"There's rubbish of everything you can think of and the smell is just awful when the wind blows in our direction. And with the smell comes flies. Mosquitoes and rats also," said Mr Koyamaibole.

"I guess what I'm trying to say is, the dump brings disease and is not safe for us living around it.

"We the respective houses in the area were not consulted by the Nasinu Town Council and numerous complaints have been lodged ever since the early stages of the dumping in 2012.

"Nothing has been done. Even the health inspector comes around in the Nasinu Town Council vehicle. He just looks around and drives away with no regard for our welfare."

Nasinu Town Council special administrator Mosese Kama confirmed that Yawa St was being used as a green waste dump site.

But he assured that only green waste such as tree cuttings and grass were dumped there.

Mr Kama said one of the houses at the end of the street were in danger of falling down as a result of soil erosion and after a request was made, the town council decided to help by putting green waste to help the house owner.

He added that the town council did not have enough money to put soil over it. A digger works on the dump site every day.

When The Fiji Times visited Nepani yesterday, waste including household refuse, old metal pieces and plastic bags were clearly visible.

According to municipal laws, dumping of waste in residential areas is prohibited.

Mr Koyamaibole said the stench from the site was similar to what Delainavesi was subjected to when the Lami Rubbish Dump was operational.

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