5 Aug 2003

Hazardous waste incinerator to be built in Samoa

4:26 pm on 5 August 2003

An incinerator is being built in Samoa to get rid of hazardous waste.

The principal urban management officer, Faafetai Sagapolutele, says an area at the landfill is being cleared and the incinerator is being built with Japanese aid money.

Faafetai says he expects the building to start shortly, after some earlier delays.

"We have a major project to build the incinerator plant in line with international standard, where you have certain temperature to breakdown dioxin, and those sort of gases that cause cancer, so with the establishment of those projects, it's going to be a good step up for waste management in Samoa"

Faafetai Sagapolutele says he expects the incinerator to cost nearly 200,000 U.S. dollars.