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Call for tougher litter fines

Solomone Rabulu
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

RELEVANT authorities need to come down hard with fines on people found littering in public, says vude queen Laisa Vulakoro.

Vulakoro said many worked so hard in keeping the environment clean, but people were still irresponsible in dumping their rubbish.

"I for one love to keep my environment clean and healthy," Vulakoro said.

"People need to take responsibility and civic pride towards our environment, it's a big issue in Fiji because nearly everywhere we go there is rubbish there. People need to do the right thing and have some sense of initiative too, especially when they see rubbish lying around.

"Pick it up and put it in the bin, because if you don't who else will?

"It doesn't matter if it's not your rubbish, one needs to be responsible enough, be a good citizen and help keep our environment clean."

Vulakoro said what was important also was how people sorted out their rubbish from their own homes.

"I live in Wainadoi and we would take our rubbish to the Naboro landfill since we live close to it," she said.

"We try our best to recycle our water bottles that we use at home and we use our food wastes for our compost in our back yard — the rest are taken to the landfill.

"At times while taking our rubbish to Naboro, we would come across many garbage bags on the roadside that may be there for days; we would stop and pick them up and take them to the landfill.

"It's not about helping other members of the public with their rubbish, its about taking responsibilities as a citizen of this country because it becomes an eyesore to people when rubbish is just left there by the roadside."

Vulakoro said she also admired women who were engaged in recycled materials and turning them into cash incentive projects.

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