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Compost centre opens

Torika Tokalau
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

THE upgraded compost centre was officially handed to the Suva City Council by the Government of Japan and Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA) yesterday.

Located at Lakeba St in Samabula, the SCC compost centre has a mini shredder and a composting shed with a concrete floor and an equipped office, which was made possible through an $89,000 funding by the Japanese Government.

JICA assisted with $45,000 for the implementation of the Waste Minimisation Project.

SCC special administrator Chandu Umaria said the compost centre would help the municipal in one of their core services of solid waste collection and disposal.

Mr Umaria said their waste characterisation survey revealed that about 65 per cent of waste was organic.

"The new compost centre aims to reduce the amount of solid wastes in Suva City and produce compost products more than before," he said.

"Initially, the facility is expected to bring around annual saving of around $25,000. However, once in full operation with the shredding of green waste, the saving will be around $50,000 a year."

He said the centre made possible the production of good quality compost, raises efficiency of workers and satisfies occupational health and safety standards.

"All the components of this project are expected to boost the benefits of sustainable solid waste management, which impacts not only the residents of Suva City but also tourists, other sister municipalities and educational institutions locally and regionally," Mr Umaria said.

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