JICA volunteer Iori Yasuda is making headways in Labasa with his waste management program as schools and corporate bodies show interest to be part of the environment-friendly initiative.
In an interview yesterday, Mr Yasuda who has been a volunteer for the Labasa Town Council over the past five months, said the program was well-received by the community at large.
"I have been conducting presentations to market vendors and students about the need to make use of the waste materials," he said.
"So far, it has progressed well as I have noticed that people are now recycling and re-using such materials.
"I have been working closely with the officials at the municipal market and the Environment Department and they are supporting my program.
"People are now responding positively towards my program, especially in the market.
"Some are practising waste management in their homes as they make their own fertilisers and creative artefacts."
Mr Yasuda said he was thankful to JICA and the council for the opportunity, adding he had not only educated the public on waste management but had also made new friends.
"This is like home for me and I enjoy working with the people here.
"As for my program, I am planning to use the upcoming Vodafone Friendly North Festival and other major events here as a platform to inform people about the importance of using waste materials."
Labasa special administrator Vijay Chand said they had been supporting Mr Yasuda's work, hoping more would benefit from it.