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Youths lead clean-up

Luisa Qiolevu
Monday, February 26, 2018

IN a bid to keep their surroundings clean, youth groups from Siberia branch road in Labasa last week stepped out to clean creeks, drains and even the community cemetery near their area.

Siberia Musical Youth club technical adviser Ravinesh Goundar said the clean-up campaign was part of the group's healthy living program.

"We have a community health committee that looks after the cleanliness of our area and they are the ones who came up with the idea of a clean-up campaign," he said.

Mr Goundar said most families had their own open pit to dispose their rubbish. "This is a small community, where everyone knows each other really well and when we come up with a project, everyone contributes," he said.

"So with the clean-up campaign, everyone agreed to it." Mr Goundar said the biggest litter problem they faced was the polluted creek that ran parallel to the road.

"After a heavy rain, this creek gets polluted and rubbish gets stuck on the mouth of the culvert near to where we live, making the place look terrible.

"The rubbish is mostly brought in during the floods or a heavy downpour and would drift right near our vegetable garden."

Mr Goundar said they had no choice but to clean up the place.

"Our youth groups have cleaned it up and they have also cut down all the bushes growing on the side of the road," he said. "So majority of the rubbish are disposed into the open pit, papers and plastic burnt, kitchen waste is left out in the garden as manure and this has been going for years now."

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