"We Men In Garbahj..."

The title is from a 1970's commercial in which the ever wacky Jonathan Winters played a "garbahj" collector.

Down in Suva, the capital of Fiji, they could use his help. Too bad he is no longer with us. From the Japan Times (of all places) -

Tired of relying on government and local authorities to respond to the growing litter problem in Suva, a concerned resident has launched "Green Steps", a NGO that aims to clean up the city.

Alex Austin has been working closely with the Suva City Council to help clear the litter problem in Suva.

Everyday members of the Green Steps cleanup crew patrol the foreshore and beaches between the Vatuwaqa River and the Suva Wharf picking up rubbish.

This is the first of three phases of the clean up program, codenamed COFFEE: Cleaning of Fiji For Everyone's Enjoyment.

The second phase involves the installation of new rubbish bins in and around Suva.

"We hope to install over 100 rubbish bins in Suva over the next 24 months," says Austin.

The third phase is the education on the use of the new rubbish bins, he says.
Suva Waterfront

The programme is sponsored by Quest, ANZ, McDonalds, Gibson Freight, MH Homemaker, DHL, Williams and Gosling, Cost U Less and Pure Fiji.

"These businesses are concerned about the environment and willing to help me do something about it", says Austin.

By the way, our kayaking fiend, err, FRIEND, from Kuching, Malaysia, FH2O is presently in Suva on business. He's having a tough time of it, as Air Pacific lost his luggage! Good luck, Unker.


Don Snabulus said...

That is a great example of a community action to take care of a problem. It is unfortunate that the people tasked with the job aren't doing it, but I wish project Coffee great success.

Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

Yeah, Suva can be rather choked with rubbish people chuck anywhere. The interim government guys ordered Suva City Council to clean up quick and smart so some effort was made, but the culture of just throwing stuff anywhere requires an on-going learning program. It didn't matter in the old days with degradable peelings and leaves, but it's the plastic and tins that I really hate that get washed up on the shores.

Pandabonium said...

Snabby- always the case. I used to go with a group from the Hongwanji temple to clean up a certain stretch of shoreline on Maui and of course "Momo's Brigade" cleans up around here, but the problem won't go away.

Wendy - you've covered this problem on your blog too. Until we get away from the plastic and "throw away" society, we have to find some way to deal with the rubbish. It makes me so sad.

FH2o said...

I was commenting on how clean the streets of Suva was and how impressed I was until the guide who was showing us around shattered that illusion by gently pointing out that the streets were clean on account of a minor cyclone that hit Suva a couple of weeks ago! *sigh*