Close to 25,000 tonnes of solid waste like tyres and plastic waste was collected by the Suva City Council from the Suva City area alone last year.
This was highlighted by the Suva City Council Senior Health Inspector Wali Atalifo during the European Union beach clean up campaign.
Atalifo says the weekly seaside clean-ups normally collects half a tonne of solid waste from the beachfront.
He says these figures are alarming and sadly the amount of waste increases every year.
He says clean up programs are a temporary fix, however, it is great as it creates awareness.
He adds that the Suva City Council has embarked on a solid waste minimisation program that started towards the end of last year and will end in 2027.
The Program encourages schools to participate in the program where students get into the habit of separating their waste in the classrooms.
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