SPREP Clean Pacific Roundtable opens in Suva

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama while opening the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) Clean Pacific Roundtable at the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat in Suva today. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

INDIVIDUAL and communities must take the initiative to make use of the standardized rubbish bins provided by the government.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama highlighted this while opening the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) Clean Pacific Roundtable at the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat in Suva today.

Mr Bainimarama said they could not force people to use them, however, it was a decision individuals and communities must make.

“We’ve funded nationwide standardization of rubbish bins and a stepped campaign of rubbish collection in our latest budget,” he said.

“What we cannot do is force people to use them. That’s a decision that individuals must make, that communities must make.

“It is an expectation we all must set for each other, and it is a patriotic duty we must all fulfill for the health, safety and indeed the security of our nation.”

The three day event will come to an end on Wednesday.

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