Getting hands dirty to keep towns clean

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MORE than 30 businesshouses in East New Britain were involved in a clean-up programme in Kokopo and Rabaul towns on Saturday – an initiative of the ENB
Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Business owners, managers, employees and their spouses took to the streets from as early as 6am to collect rubbish, clean clogged drains and cut grass.
Chamber president David Stein said yesterday that the clean-up project had been ongoing for the past six months.
“We are basically trying to keep our two main towns of Kokopo and Rabaul clean,” he said.
“It’s a way of telling people not to litter and to take pride in their towns and dispose of waste properly. We need to educate people to change their attitude. A clean and healthy environment is one that is good to live in.”
Stein thanked the companies which took part, including Bank South Pacific, Agmark, Nivani, AES Timbers, 3A Composites, Rabaul Tours, Pacific Industries, Manolos Aviation, Kokopo Village Resort and Kokopo Beach Bangalow.
“The companies were really good,” he said.
“We started small but eventually more and more people joined.”
Stein said it was encouraging to see children involved in the cleanup along with their parents.
The next clean-up event is scheduled for Oct 27.

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