KINGSTON, Dec. 23 (JIS): Come next year, stiffer fines will be implemented for persons who continue to breach the island’s anti-litter law.

“We are going to take to Parliament, next year, a range of significant fines for persons who are discarding (garbage) in a careless way. We are just waiting on the Chief Parliamentary Counsel, who drafts these laws. Once that is done, we are going to take it to Parliament,” Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Noel Arscott, said at a recent function at the Ministry’s Hagley Park Road offices in Kingston.
He reminded Jamaicans that there is no need to discard their waste improperly, adding that improper waste disposal is “one of the scourges that affect our beautiful country.”

The Minister said many schools and companies have active programmes teaching persons about proper waste disposal measures as well as recycling.

He informed that persons have found creative ways of earning from garbage, as did a group of women from the Riverton City area in Kingston.

“These young women have formed themselves into a cooperative, where they collect plastic bottles, compact them and export them. So, they have now found a way out of the waste and the garbage to create wealth,” he said.

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