THE daily visit to the rubbish dump in Labasa is not by choice but a visit forced by the situation some families have struggled to overcome over the past years.
Yesterday, The Fiji Times team visited the dump in Namara and spoke to a few women who were picking refuse they considered valuable and worthy.
These families continue to make a living from the dump through selling empty bottles.
Scavengers visit the dump on a daily basis to either collect empty bottles for the recycling centre or find clothing and pieces of refuse they can use in their homes.
A Cawaira resident who asked to be identified only as Suliana had over the past two years survived on an income derived from the dump.
"I recently found a primus that I had fixed at home and is now working perfectly," she said.