FIJI MUNICIPAL COUNCILS FORM GARBAGE COLLECTION COMPANY

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (February 15, 1999 - PACNEWS/Fiji Times)---The municipal councils of Fiji's capital, Suva, and two nearby towns, are organizing a US$ 4 million company to collect garbage, the Fiji Times reports.

The Suva City Council is teaming up with the Lami and Nausori Town Councils in the venture.

The Tailevu and Namosi provincial councils also are expected to join the consortium.

The company, Waste Management (Fiji), Ltd., will take over all garbage collection and waste management in the Central Division of Fiji's main island of Viti Levu.

The formation of the company comes at the same time the government is moving forward with the long-awaited relocation of the Lami rubbish dump, located almost at the capital city's entrance, to another spot 45 minutes' drive out of Suva.

The Ministry of Finance has allocated US$ 150,000 to the Local Government Ministry for the relocation.

Garbage collected from the three municipalities in the Central Division has always been dumped at the Lami site, long regarded a health hazard for residents of the township.

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