Photo Credit: Ron Vave
Proper waste management planning is essential for the safety and health of any community.
In Bua this is very important as there are no landfills or sewage treatment plants where solid and liquid waste can be transported to and/or treated. In our villages across Bua, villages have dug out pits where household refuse and other discarded materials are placed. Once the pit is full it is covered and another pit is dug. However due to increasing population in our villages and the need for land to build new houses, the rubbish pit concept may soon cease. As the Government plans to expand and declare Nabouwalu a town, plans are in place to have landfill site as well as a sewage treatment facility.
Like any other area in Fiji, litter is problem and Bua is no exception. Discarded tins, plastic, food wrappers and the sort are strewn throughout as again there is no designated place to put rubbish (this is for the soon to be township of Nabouwalu anyway). At the market there are two old drums where vendors and visitors can put their litter in but again there is the question of where it will all end up. Presently the collected litter is brought together and burnt in a dug out pit located behind an old furniture shop at Nabouwalu. Although in the village good waste management is practiced, Nabouwalu satellite town still has some work to be done.
In Bua the Bua Rural Local Authority is responsible for looking after this aspect of work. The Provincial Council is working in collaboration with the Department of Environment as well as the Bua Rural Local Authority on developing a Provincial Waste Management Plan.
More updates on Waste Management Planning in Bua soon to come