PM hands over Skip Bin trucks and bins to HCC
Honiara City Administration, the Honiara City Council is a step closer to fulfilling its obligation for a “Clean, safe and Healthy Honiara” with special emphasis on the Pacific Games period (19th Nov- 2nd Dec) with a boost of 1.1 million donation worth of skip bin trucks and bins from the National Government.
In a ceremony at the Honiara City Council compound this morning, Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Sogavare MP gifted two brand new skip bin trucks together with 10 brand new skip bins to HCC.
“I am extremely pleased today to handover to you: two brand new skip bin trucks, together with 10 brand new skip bins in my capacity as the Minister for the 2023 Pacific Games, and the Prime Minister of Solomon Islands.”
The equipment will assist HCC in its refuse collection responsibilities.
This however is not the first government effort towards a clean, safe and healthy Pacific Games. In March this year, the Prime Minister and Minister of PG2023 launched the 2023 Safe, Green, and Clean strategy for Honiara City. The National Cabinet subsequently approved a ‘half day’ community service for all public servants to join hands with HCC for Friday afternoon clean-up around the city.
By mid 2023, the National Hosting Authority entered into an agreement with the HCC to provide $6 million dollars calculated on the basis of $500,000 for each of the 12 Wards of Honiara to assist Ward clean up.
Handing over the equipment to Lord Mayor Cr. Eddie Siapu, Prime Minister Sogavare said, while it has taken some time to secure the skip bins, they are finally here, procured from Tongs company at a total cost of $1,100,385.24.
Honiara City Mayor Eddie Siapu upon receiving the two garbage trucks and ten bins said he was grateful and as far as he can remember since being a councillor this is the first Prime minister and government to directly assist Honiara City Council.
PM Sogavare urged HCC to place the skip bins in strategic locations, to assist Honiara residents properly dispose of their household rubbish.
He reiterated, shop owners with their ability to dispose of their rubbish directly to the rubbish dump, must not use these skip bins but take their rubbish directly to the Ranadi landfill.
Shop owners caught disposing of their rubbish in the bins will be subject to huge fines and even prosecution.
Prime Minister’s Press Secretariat