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Nationwide problem

Kiniviliame Keteca, Nausori
Tuesday, August 04, 2015

YESTERDAY morning, motorists and pedestrians were again greeted by fresh (for lack of a better term) piles of rubbish along Princes Rd, up from the Sawani petrol station. At the top of Tacirua, next to a FEA pylon, more rubbish had been deposited there from the weekend.

It is encouraging though that our Prime Minister has taken note of and has decided to do something about this eyesore.

It is further encouraging that The Fiji Times editorial is relentless in its efforts to bring to the fore this national problem of littering in Fiji. As I've said before, this is a nationwide problem.

It needs a nationwide solution of everyone, the young and not so young, public officials and community members, ministers and backbenchers, farmers and fishermen, even the idle mongers in our towns and cities ? we all need to play a part to combat littering. It will take more than one environmental week in a year.

It will take more than the proper enforcement of the relevant laws. It will take a whole change in the mind-set of our people that littering has dire consequences to the environment.

I had suggested before that maybe there can be an extension of the municipal boundaries of the adjacent towns and cities so rubbish collection services can be extended to other areas. Maybe, the authorities can introduce receptacles along such stretches of roads so people can place their rubbish there. Maybe, like overseas, those in correctional facilities can collect and dispose of rubbish along the roads in addition to working in cemeteries.

In addition, our homes and schools are to be encouraged to inculcate good habits to our young ones ? the good habits of disposing of rubbish properly.

Having different receptacles for different types of refuse is also a good starting point.

I encourage all our citizens to join hands and seize this opportunity as our PM has said ? "let's work together as a nation to clean up Fiji once and for all". It's not an impossible task.

As your editorial says ? "Let's put a stop to this disgusting habit."



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