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Broken incinerator has Zamami residents angry at disposal costs

Date Posted: 2008-05-16

Zamami Village has two incinerators to dispose of garbage and trash, but neither is in operation, leaving residents no choice but to export their waste products to Haebaru Town.

The island village has one incinerator thatís broken, and another it recently purchased from a vendor. The new one doesnít work, and Zamami Village says itsí because thereís no instruction manual. The mayor had purchased the incinerator from a vendor not sanctioned by the Village Assembly, and the vendorís not cooperating.

In the meantime, trash is being transported to Haebaru Town, near Naha City, with Zamami residents picking up the •15 million transportation charges. Naha Cityís mayor, Takeshi Onaga, had told the village heíd support them for a year, but itís now 16 months later and trash is still being sent to Haebaru.

Heís sympathetic to Zamami Village appeals, but says his city canít cover the transportation charges. Zamami Village officials say the transportation costs could bankrupt the tranquil island village. Residents are demanding the village elders do something to fix the problem.

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