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Illegal dumping plagues Itoman

Date Posted: 2006-12-18

Itoman City is beefing up actions to block people from illegally dumping garbage, refuse and large items on public lands.

Peace Memorial Park is the latest area to feel the blight of unwanted dumping, which the city calls “a serious problem for a tourist prefecture.” Itoman City and Southern Waterworks Enterprise Group, which own the land northeast of Mabuni, have removed 2.1 tons of rubbish and other items from the area. The dumping ground is only 500 meters from the Peace Memorial Park, where a tourist only days ago took a photograph of an unlawful dumping.

Officials say the area, which leads to a catchment area under a precipice, is difficult to get to, but that people are finding ways. Included in the latest three-day cleanup campaign were large discarded items including electric appliances, televisions and washing machines, motorcycles, vinyl sheets and plastic bottles. Removal costs were pegged at ₯400,000.

The Mabuni Filtration Plant, adjacent to the dumping area, has closed the road and posted warning signs. “It is regrettable what people can dump,” says Yasuo. Miyazato, the filtration plant chief. Shoei Tamaki, Environmental Chief of City Life for Itoman, says “we want to prevent this from happening again,” and has issued an appeal for citizens to report illegal dumping to police.

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