9 Aug 2010

Fiji signs off EU financed deal to fix hazardous landfill

3:42 pm on 9 August 2010

Work to rehabilitate Fiji's hazardous Lami landfill is set to begin following the signing of a deal financed by the European Union.

The more than two million US dollar project will see the site stabilised and protected from erosion, drains upgraded and a new road, fencing and parking areas built.

The Lami dump received waste from Suva and neighbouring towns for more than 50 years before a major fire emitting highly toxic smoke broke out there five years ago.

It was closed but continued to pose environmental problems.

A new landfill partly funded by the European Union was opend at Naboro in its place.

The Lami works are expected to take a year to complete.