3 Feb 2011

Waste piles up in the Marshalls' capital as landfill overflows

2:12 pm on 3 February 2011

Health officials in the Marshall Islands are trying to solve a problem of waste that's piling up in Majuro.

The Majuro landfill was closed yesterday because it can't keep up with the daily volume of rubbish.

Deborah Manase, general manager of the Environmental Protection Authority, says the waste company is waiting on equipment to manage the dump site.

She says the closure of the landfill has not come as a surprise.

"''Several agencies have been raising this issue over the past few years so while it's an emergency, I think for us it's not something that has just popped up, it is something that was bound to happen sooner or later."

Deborah Manase says they are hoping to find an alternative site in the short-term.

Incineration of hospital waste has also been suspended while a contract is negotiated.