ABOUT 147 loads of garbage containing items such as tyres and cans have so far been collected from communities in Lautoka with free rubbish collection continuing, says special administrator Praveen Bala.
This clean-up was organised to address the dengue outbreak in the Western Division, and Mr Bala said the campaign was well-received by the community.
"We have joined hands with the community to make sure the environment is clean, and since launching the campaign, the response has been good," he said.
"The collection of items in terms of bottles, tyres and cans â€" places where mosquitoes can breed easily â€" has resulted in the collection of 147 loads.
"We have another week to go and we hope to collect more than 200 loads of garbage in Lautoka."
Mr Bala said military officers volunteered to help the council with the clean-up.
"We are very thankful to these soldiers who took time out to help us.
"In Ba, we managed to collect 120 loads with the help of inmates."
Mr Bala said the council would meet the Health Ministry to discuss how and when mosquito-spraying would be conducted in Lautoka, Ba and Tavua.
"The first phase was the clean-up and now that communities have gotten rid of the breeding places of mosquitoes, we can go ahead with the spraying.
"We have also taken the liberty of not charging fees for people living outside the municipalities.
"Those people living in peri-urban settlements have not been charged for the clean-up and they have responded well."