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February 28, 2021

Garbage Collection Halts in City

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By Sasha Pei-Silovo – EM TV, Port Moresby

Residents of the Port Moresby suburbs of 5 Mile and Gordons have expressed concerns over household garbage which has been left uncollected for over three weeks now, appearing as regular fixtures on residential streets in the nation’s capital.

It what one resident described as being an “ongoing problem”, residents called on the National Capital District Commission (NCDC), through the Waste Division, to come up with long-lasting solutions to address the issues surrounding the non-collection of garbage.

Alex Philip, a resident of Gordons says they (residents) had long grown tired of inconsistencies in the weekly collection of household trash.

“Whether it’s a management issue or [to] do with garbage collectors not being paid, NCDC should come up with solutions rather than leaving city residents in the dark on what’s happening,” Philip said.

He added that garbage could be seen piling up outside homes or along fences attracting flies and rats, which can spread diseases. Children are especially at risk.

As rubbish continues to pile up, residents are hoping for garbage collectors to resume their rounds soon. 

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