Most residents in the nation’s capital are not aware of their responsibilities stated in the Health Act 1973.
This was highlighted by NCDC Waste Division Manager, Joshua Sam, when presenting talks on Waste Management in Port Moresby.
The Health Act 1973 requires all residents in PNG to store waste or household rubbish in appropriate receptacles until the collection days.
The lack of awareness on this issue has caused NCDC millions of kina, to keep the residential areas including the business perimeters clean.
In the strive for a cleaner city, NCD governor, Powes Parkop, has introduced new laws including the Betel-nut Ban to Keep Port Moresby clean.
However, the response from the public is not satisfactory.
Most people usually toss rubbish over their shoulders, burn it in their back yards or chuck it into a drain as disposal measures.
According to 2013 statistics from the NCDC Waste Division, one person produces seven kilograms of waste per day on average.
When adding the figures, NCD residents produce over one hundred thousand tonnes of waste per day.
But the amount of waste produced on average can be minimized, if citizens play responsive roles by placing their rubbish in the right places.
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