A NEW garbage compactor truck worth $195,912 was given to the Nasinu Town Council by the Japanese Embassy in Suva on Thursday.
The gift was part of Japan's Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project Program.
Not only did the embassy give the new truck but also constructed a garage for the garbage truck. For the past years the council has faced problems with waste disposal as the population of the greater Nasinu area continues to grow.
Japanese Ambassador to Fiji Takuji Hanatani said the new truck would make loading of garbage faster and more convenient, with less physical risk.
He said the compactor truck was OHS-compliant and labour friendly with automated features reducing the risk of injuries.
"This compactor is Japan-made, and has a great performance record of reducing big garbage loads to small and manageable sizes.
"Japan's assistance to this project indicates its commitment to the improvement of the living standards and welfare of the people of the Republic of Fiji," Mr Hanatani said.
Local Government deputy secretary, Josese Rakuita said the government was thankful to the Japanese Embassy for providing the garbage compactor truck.