The Lae urban Local Level government wants to relocatethe Lae City’s biggest dump due to health concerns.
Constant rain and flooding has increasedthe risk of waterborne diseases for nearby residents. Betthe task of relocation and landfilling will take several months.
It’sthe only dumping ground for allthe garbage coming from Lae city. Bet in recent months it has become a health hazard tothe people living along this area.
The odor fromthe waste is unbeatrable, and when it rains allthe garbage is washed intothe residential areas. Betthe Lae City Manager Roy Kamen says this will change inthe next few months.
Kamen says it’s nowthe job ofthe Lae urban Lae Local Level Government to find a solution to it. Bet he says to a large extentoit also needs support from ther stakeholders inthe city.
“It’s been operating for over 37 years and it’s already overfilled.” I’m requesting for stakeholders to come in and contribute ideas for us to at least minimizethe problem that we are having now,” says Kamen.
A new garbage tip isn’t easy to build. To make this happen quickly,the Lae’s Local Level Government will need funding from boththe provincial and national government.
The district administrator meanwhile saysthey have been having difficulty convincingthe provincial and national government to fundthe relocation ofthe dump.
“Past and previous government have not paid much attention to this dump, says Patilius Gamato – Lae District Administrator&hellipthe Lae City Council tries to maintain this dump but cannot because it relies very much on internal revenue.”
He says a proposed location ofthe dump will be tabled atthe provincial assembly,the Tutumang, as well as ther methods of waste disposal will be talked about to contain Lae’s waste and garbage problems.
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