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Uto ni Yalo steps up role

Luke Nacei
Tuesday, February 06, 2018

TRADITIONAL double hulled canoe Uto ni Yalo has played a major role in keeping our environment clean, more so the collection of non-biodegradable waste.

The canoe's maiden voyage to Macuata last month resulted in the crew collecting non-biodegradable waste along the shore of Naividamu Village.

Uto ni Yalo Trust secretary Dwain Qalovaki said it was vital for people to know where to properly dispose their rubbish.

"We do beach clean-up and collect all the waste that are showing up along our shorelines and then we categorise all the waste by single use plastic bags and diapers. We weigh all up to find out how many kilos of disposable is done along the shoreline and how many kilos of diapers, tin cans etc," he said.

"After beach cleaning we don't just throw the rubbish away.

"What we do is we present the information back to the community so that they know what kinds of things are showing up on their shoreline and what they can do to dispose it properly.

"What we are doing is that we try to make sure that these villagers reinforce their own village disposal system."

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