Litter drive pays off

THE village of Silana in the province of Tailevu has taken a lead role in supporting Government’s commitments made during the Ocean Conference in July last year, which was held in New York.

These commitments made by the Government were focused on accelerating climate action, which meant saving smaller island nations from the effects of climate change.

The villagers of Silana consisting of 35 households and a population of 150 have been very vocal about ways in which fellow Fijians can work towards keeping their villages and communities clean.

Marica Bole, a villager from Silana, said for three years now,the villagers of Silana have been undertaking a project where each household was required to have three separate rubbish bi­ns in their homes, where they separate trash into categories such as tins and cans in one bin, paper and plastic in another and glass in the third.

“We have a compo­st bin in all homes where food peelings and other food items are placed,” she said.

“This is a good project. We have three big sacks placed in locations in the village. These sacks have labels, so when we bring in the bins from our houses we know which rubbish goes in which sack.”

Ms Bole said the initiative taught the vil­l­a­gers three things. Th­ese were ensuring that children were taught at an early age about proper disposal of rubbish, helping fight skin diseases and other he­alth issues related to poor rubbish disposal and, lastly, it educated people on the effects of climate change.

Ms Bole said every month villagers paid a levy for a truck to transport rubbish to the Naboro landfill and bottles for recycling.

“It was too costly for us,” she said.

“We then decided to get the surrounding villages on board and they have done it. We’re paying $3 per household for transport costs,” she said.

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