26 Sep 2014

PNG call for waste policy

3:38 pm on 26 September 2014

The Governor of Papua New Guinea's National Capital District says the country is in critical need of a formal policy on waste disposal management.

The Post Courier reports Powes Parkop as saying failure to develope such a policy has meant unnecessary costs, especially when dealing with extractive industrial wastes.

Speaking at the NCD waste management policy launch and stakeholders consultative workshop, Mr Parkop said the problem is especially bad in Port Moresby where people leave their trash behind wherever they go.

He says dumping mining wastes and sediments in the river system is not acceptable anywhere in the world, but it has happened in PNG, at the Panguna and Ok Tedi mining operations.

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Photo: RNZ