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'Littering a recurring problem in Lautoka'

Repeka Nasiko
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

THE issue of littering in Lautoka City is a recurring problem because of people's attitudes towards dumping rubbish, says Lautoka Residents and Ratepayers Association president Maude Elbourne.

She said the amount of careless and irresponsible people still littering and dumping rubbish around Lautoka City was a disgrace and the problem appeared to have worsened in recent years.

"Tomuka, Tavakubu and Field 4 are densely populated areas and although they fall under the rural designation, these communities sit almost inside the Lautoka City boundary and in fact are expected to be included inside the city limits in the coming years," she said.

"Yet the service infrastructure in these areas are still in need of attention, the need for properly sealed roads, street lighting and definitely better rubbish collection services by the local rural authority must be given high priority.

"The Field 4 community, as an example, with a population of about 2000 and located along the Waiyavi Waterfall would be lucky to have rubbish collected once or twice a year."

Field 4 advisory councillor Suresh Prasad said he had been trying for some years now to improve rubbish collection services to the area.

Mr Prasad said dumping of rubbish into a stream near the densely populated settlement was a common occurrence with little thought given to the impact the rubbish would have in terms of contributing to health issues and flooding.

"People don't have any sense of pride," he said.

"There are people living here who want to keep their homes clean and safe, but this place has become a dumping ground for everybody and anybody."

Assistant advisory councillor Daya Wati said the waterway presented numerous issues for people living in the area who attempted to cross during heavy downpours.

She said rubbish being dumped there added to the debris that blocked the flow of water downstream and increased risks to people living near the waterway.








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