47% of waste pickers are over 55-years-old – Deo

47% of waste pickers are over 55-years-old – Deo

By Iliana Biutu
Monday 07/08/2023
Photo:PRF

Some senior citizens have ended up on the streets and resorted to waste picking to make a living as a direct result of elder abuse, social isolation, absence of family support and connections and financial support.

This was highlighted by the Pacific Recycling Foundation founder, Amitesh Deo during the Mapping Exercise of the Waste Collection Sector.

Deo says 47 percent of those involved in waste picking are over the age of 55 with the oldest being 74. He says elder abuse and neglect are a pressing concern and they continue to come across heart-wrenching cases where some senior citizens are now involved in waste picking for survival after being abandoned by their children or told by loved ones to fend for themselves.

He further says, in a few cases, some senior citizens have started waste picking, not only for a living but because they have been able to find solace with fellow Collection Pillars of Recycling who operate in close-knit groups.

The founder says many times we fail to understand why some of our citizens are ending up on the streets, picking up pet bottles or looking for recyclables from rubbish bins and why they keep coming back to the streets when removed by authorities or reunited with their families.

Deo adds these waste pickers found a new lease of life through the waste-picking trade, and unknowingly, are also combating climate change by preventing waste from going to landfill and dumpsites.

FEATURE NEWS
Some drug users are raping their mothers and sisters – ACP Ganivatu
Serious concerns continue to be raised on the impact drug use has on the lives of youths in the country, with some committing heinous crimes such as r...
5 hours ago
LATEST NEWS
There has been no theft of 1 tonne of meth, drugs are kept under tight security - Acting COMPOL
Police have rejected claims in New Zealand's 1News report that about a tonne of methamphetamine seized in Nadi earlier this year, is missing. When ...
4 hours ago

Chaudhry attacks PM after PM says Chaudhry a selfish and weak-hearted leader
Following Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka's reference to former Prime Minister and Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry as a selfish and ...
4 hours ago

Dialogue underway to ban Pseudoephedrine in the country
Minister of Health Doctor Atonio Lalabalavu is currently having dialogue with various Ministries and stakeholders regarding the ban of ...
5 hours ago

Government Financial Management Information System to go online from 1st August – Prof. Prasad
The Government's Financial Management Information System is scheduled to go online from 1st August 2024. This has been revealed by the Deputy ...
9 hours ago

Athletics Fiji mourns the loss of President Vuli Waqa
The President at Athletics Fiji and Secretary at Fiji Secondary Schools' Athletics Association Filimoni Vuli Waqa, affectionately known as Vuli Waqa, ...
10 hours ago



fijivillage Straight Talk with Vijay Narayan
Latest Videos

Stay tuned for the latest news on our radio stations

CFL radio frequencies
yb
IN DEPTH
Ministry of Home Affairs Talanoa Session on Illicit Drugs and Substance Use Disorders in Fiji
The pervasive threat of illicit drugs has emerged as a pressing concern, rapidly infiltrating and destabilizing our society therefore the Republic of ...
6 days ago

Bainimarama and Qiliho hearing in dismissal of 2 police officers case
Acting Director of Public Prosecutions John Rabuku says he wants the hearing of former Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and suspended Police ...
6 days ago

Sayed-Khaiyum case on alleged payment of Saneem's taxes without proper approval
It is alleged that between the 30th of June, 2022 and the 12th of July, 2022 in Suva, whilst being employed in the civil service as the Acting Prime ...
6 days ago

TOP