Waste Management Team Responds

By Julie Badui Owa – EMTV News, Lae

The waste management team from Lae City Council Health Department carried out an inspection yesterday at the Wang Sheng sausage factory.

This came after a family raised concern on media over the waste from the sausage factory that affected their living condition.

Documents given to the inspection team show that it was approved to be storage warehouse, however, it is now being operated as a sausage factory. Documents show that the Morobe Provincial Physical Planning Board, approved the construction of the building as a commercial warehouse, shop and residential building.

The Chinese company Xing Long Investment, operating as Weng Sheng Limited, then converted the use of this warehouse into a sausage factory.

The waste management inspector from Lae City Council, Peter Wiwi, asked the company to provide an approved plan for the septic and sewerage that was constructed, however, the company failed to provide one.

These buildings are serving four different purposes; a residential building, warehouse, shop and factory. The concern identified during the inspection yesterday by the waste management team was how the septic tank was constructed. The septic was constructed and sealed. Wiwi said this was not constructed according to the normal septic tank standard. He told the company to provide the approved plan for the septic tank, before further actions would be taken.

An unknown man who refused to identify himself, questioned the presence of media and advised Lae City Council to provide a formal request to the company trading as Xing Long Investment, before they provide the approved structure.