NEWLY appointed LEAF (Learning and Ecological Activities Foundation) committee conducted their first field trip to the Ranadi dump site, East Honiara yesterday.
The committee was led by the Vice Chairman of Solomon Islands LEAF committee, Nelson Manepora of Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau (SIVB).
The new committee was appointed during a stakeholders’ meeting held at the HCC conference room yesterday.
Honiara City Council (HCC) Works Manager John Labu, who is also a committee members explained several changes to the new committee during the visit.
Mr Labu said, that HCC through the support of JICA have done much improvement at the dump site.
“Over the past years business houses and households in town just come here and dump rubbish everywhere. But now we are working hard with the support from JICA to organise this dump site.”
He said their biggest challenge is machineries that normally breaks down.
The machines are used to separate the wastes.
He explained with the new program carried out by the HCC and JICA was very helpful which had seen so much improvement at the Ranadi dump site.
“For instance the medical rubbish is being separated from the general waste which reduces flies and smell,” Mr Labu said.
Mr Labu thanked JICA for their past support and looking forward for more new initiatives under the LEAF program.
Mr Nelson Manepora thanked Mr Labu and JICA for the big improvement done at Ranadi dump site.
“On behalf of my chairmen who is very busy and cannot join us here, I would like to thank JICA and HCC workers for a very good job.
“Today I can see big improvement done on this site compared to the past, therefore on behalf of our new LEAF committee I would like to thank JICA and assure them that we’ll continue to work closely with them under this new program to improve the waste management in Honiara,” Mr Manepura said.
By DENVER NEWTER