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By Moffat Mamu

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, March 7) - Rubbish collection in all residential areas around Honiara City in Solomon Islands will start today.

This was revealed by Honiara City Council Chief Health Inspector Tom Nanau at the launching of the 2006 Year of Action against Waste Campaign yesterday at Honiara Central Market.

The theme of the campaign is "Be Smart, Reduce Waste."

Nanau said rubbish collection in Honiara is an overdue issue, which had been left dormant for years because of lack of funds to collect the wastes on daily basis.

"Uncollected rubbish had contributed to the increasing health problems being experienced in the country such as running stomach," Nanau said.

He highlighted that in most areas of the city, rubbish had been left lying to rot for weeks and months without being collected.

He pointed out that there is need for proper waste management because if rubbish and wastes are not properly dumped, it caused health problems for the residents.

But with SB$85,000 [US$12,155] being allocated to sort out the problem by Honiara City Council and the South Pacific Regional Environmental Program, Nanau said, "the work is now ready to roll".

The council has engaged six private contractors to conduct waste collection in residential areas and the Central Business District as of today in six of the zones.

[PIR editor’s note: According to PIR news files, the Honiara City Council was screening applications from private contractors and garbage collection was expected to begin after formalities were out of the way (read the story).]

According to a recent survey, the amount of waste in the city is giving rise to a number of problems related to economy and health.

Nanau appealed to the households and business houses to help the council in this campaign by organizing their rubbish properly for collection.

March 8, 2006

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