SI waste management a tough challenge: Sogavare

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BY MAVIS NISHIMURA PODOKOLO

Deputy Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare and British High Commissioner to Solomon Islands David Ward with other participants who were part of the event on Thursday

SOLOMON Islands rubbish or waste management and marine pollution is a ‘depressingly formidable challenge’, says Deputy Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare.

He revealed this yesterday during the beach clean-up event held at the Yacht Club in Honiara.

Mr Sogavare said regardless of the huge problem there are small ways to demonstrate participation, commitment and contribution towards tackling the problem of plastic rubbish, environmental and marine waste and pollution.

“But if serious measures are not taken now and put in place to address those problems, it will only become grater,” he said.

Sogavare said the initiative organised yesterday by the British High Commission demonstrates ways to address rubbish and in particular marine litter and plastics.

He explained one of the best approaches to seriously think about and address rubbish and littering generally in Honiara is through effective education.

“I must admit we in Solomon Islands have a very long way to go. Just look around Honiara and you ca see litter especially plastics everywhere, along the roads and streets, in the drains and waterways, drainage system and along our beaches and seashores,” said Sogavare.

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