BY CLAUDIA TALLY
While Papua New Guinea is one of the last frontiers of biodiversity conservation; irresponsibility of proper garbage disposal is a risk that threatens this very goal.
In NCD, garbage disposal is already a pressing issue with the city’s daily garbage weighing 300 tons, as Gov. Powes Parkop described in a previous appearance.
The Post-Courier caught up with Kay Kalim, director of the Climate and Environmental Protection Authority’s sustainable environment programme, who said the biggest problem with rubbish in the capital is people’s attitudes. towards garbage disposal.
“The problem with us is the attitude towards how we dispose of our solid waste. From visual observation, our real problem is sorting solid waste. We need to educate every household to do sorting,” a- she declared.
“A basic way of properly disposing of trash where you set up three different bins where you put all the recycles in one, and all the biodegradables in the other, and the flammables in the other.
“Sorting is something on which we need real awareness.
“We really need to commit to making every household aware of where to put what.
“Additionally, plastics in the oceans are also a concern in the nation’s capital given the Motu Koita villages that survive on the sea.
“We can collect plastics that come out of vehicles and sewers and put them where they really belong, we will have a better marine environment for humans and marine resources.”
According to Acting City Manager Ravu Frank, the NCDC spends K10 million annually on waste management.
An article published on Development Policy Blog by Thomas Wangi in 2013 on solid waste management in Papua New Guinea cited three main issues identified by research including on solid waste management in NCDs like; minimal public awareness of waste management, lack of regulatory framework on solid waste management and lack of adequate funding and resources.