POM produces 300 tonnes of waste daily


ABOUT 300 tonnes of wastes are produced daily in Papua New Guinea’s capital, Port Moresby, National Capital District Commission’s acting wastes manager John Navara says.
“Of the total, five tonnes are plastics,” he said, adding that 11 per cent of the wastes collected daily were disposed of illegally.
He told students from various schools in the city at a World Environment Day celebration at Apec Haus on Friday to become responsible citizens who treated proper waste disposal seriously.
“When plastics and other non-biodegradable wastes are disposed illegally, they slowly find the way into the ocean by floods or storms,” he said. “Marine life will then be destroyed.”
Navara also told the students that disposing wastes properly and in the right places would help keep the environment healthy, and that “you should also grow up with proper health and hygiene practices”.