Fiji Time: 7:09 AM on Thursday 27 October

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Scavengers raid dump

Luke Rawalai
Sunday, June 08, 2014

SCAVENGERS continue to make a living at the Namara rubbish dump in Labasa.

Labasa Town Council's assistant health inspector Newal Naidu revealed this to the Labour Minister, Jone Usamate during a recent tour of the Namara rubbish dump.

Mr Naidu said scavengers often made a living out of selling used plastic bottles for recycling.

He said scavengers often earned $300 weekly from the dump.

He also told the minister that the council had secured a funding of $A330,000 ($F569,868) from the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program (SPREP) for rehabilitation work which is currently progressing at the dump.

"With the refurbishment works in place the dump sites will be divided into zones and also include a waste pond where liquid extracts from the dump will be collected," he said.

"This will only ensure that the mangrove swamp areas close to the dump site are protected.

"The different dump zones will be separated by compacted waste which will act as access roads to these zones."

Mr Naidu also said the council was actively involved in the recycling of green wastes from garbage they collected.

"We currently have a worksite where a composting project is underway and manure produced from this project is sold at $2.50 for five kilograms.

"The compost manure have been selling like hot cakes and our customers are always returning to purchase our manure.

"It is better than commercial manure as it is organic with no chemical ingredient."

Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.65600.6370
JPY 51.887148.8871
GBP 0.40140.3934
EUR 0.45090.4389
NZD 0.69290.6599
AUD 0.64640.6214
USD 0.49330.4763



Exchange Rate updated on 26th October, 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. True to an early love
  2. Qiliho attends trial
  3. Prepare for the worst, says Kumar
  4. NFP calls for public holiday
  5. Ro Teimumu frets over leadership
  6. Fiji 7s coach
  7. Winning 7s manual
  8. 918 move out
  9. Villagers cry foul
  10. Cane payout topped up

Top Stories this Week

  1. 'I heard Soko screaming in pain' Friday (21 Oct)
  2. A daughter's sacrifice Thursday (20 Oct)
  3. 'I never knew Soko' Thursday (20 Oct)
  4. True to an early love Wednesday (26 Oct)
  5. Death probe Sunday (23 Oct)
  6. Qiliho attends trial Wednesday (26 Oct)
  7. Fiji pearls make history Monday (24 Oct)
  8. Fijian 7s surprise Tuesday (25 Oct)
  9. Benedito takes over Thursday (20 Oct)
  10. Love conquers all Sunday (23 Oct)