$179k truck for town

THE Japanese Government has given a $179,043 garbage compactor truck to the Nadi Town Council to service its growing population.

The Japanese Embassy says the assistance is funded under Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) Program.

“In recent years the Nadi area has seen dramatic economic development and increased number of international travellers, businesses and private properties within the vicinity of Nadi Town,” a statement by the embassy said.

“This has added to the increasing workload of the council and the collection of waste has been outsourced to private companies. The three outsourced garbage trucks are unable to meet the increased demands for the public and businesses to collect garbage on a daily basis.”

The new truck will not only help alleviate the workload on the existing vehicles, but also provide efficient waste collection.

Proper waste management has been one of the key focus areas for the Japanese Government.

The Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) says the Waste Minimisation and Recycling Promotion Project, also kn­own as the 3R Project, was one of the most successful solid waste management projects implemented in Lautoka and Nadi. The three-and-a-half year project started in 2008.

“Apart from these two municipalities, other local authorities in Fiji also implemented their own 3R activities with the Department of Environment overseeing the national initiative,” JICA said.

Local Government Minister Parveen Kumar said the new truck would enable a much safer and efficient collection system.

“This will not only minimise health risks but the spread of diseases by flies and rodents in having an improved and sanitary environment,” he said.

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