Ministry relaunches litter prevention campaign

Ministry of Forestry staff members in Colo-i-Suva hold placards along Princes Rd after the relaunch of the Forest Litter Prevention Campaign. Picture: JONA KONATACI

THE Ministry of Forestry staff members relaunched its Forest Litter Prevention Campaign as a result of the increasing household rubbish dumping at the Colo-i-Suva Forest Reserve.

Forestry Officer Parks and Reserves Unit Forest Resource Assessment and Conservation Division Apisai Moce said littering was an environmental problem, not only at the forest reserve, but also around the country, and especially along roadsides.

“Members of the public are requested to support the efforts to keep our environment and forests clean and healthy,” he said.

Mr Moce said to some people, the Colo-i-Suva Forest Reserve is a cesspool where they could dispose of their household rubbish as if it was acceptable to the public.

“These people are considered imprudent and show no sense of pride in our country and in our Mother Nature as they continue to dump rubbish along Princes Road and the section where the Forest Reserve.”

He said unfortunately this had been a recurring issue despite a number of attempts to minimise and totally eradicate this perennial issue.

“We will incorporate picking rubbish with something like a protest.”

“As we go about our lives enjoying life, we are suffocating the very thing that gives us life by choking it with rubbish and all other wastes!

“We started off with our litter prevention campaign which will be an ongoing activity for our little unit for the first few months. We anticipate a collaborative approach in the hopes of ameliorating this matter by working with relevant stakeholders.

“Remember small things add up to big things. Please do the right thing, and do not litter.”

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