Anti-lit­ter law to be strength­ened

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

THE MIN­ISTRY of Lo­cal Govern­ment and Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment is pur­su­ing mea­sures aimed at strength­en­ing the anti-lit­ter law. Among th­ese are leg­isla­tive amend­ments to sig­nif­i­cantly in­crease the fines and cus­to­dial sen­tences for breaches, stated port­fo­lio min­is­ter Des­mond McKen­zie.

As part of the prepa­ra­tion for sub­mis­sion to Cab­i­net, McKen­zie has met with the min­istry’s le­gal team to “fine-tune” the rec­om­men­da­tions.

Ar­gu­ing the ra­tio­nale for the amend­ments, the min­is­ter em­pha­sised that all other avenues of re­course pur­sued by the ad­min­is­tra­tion to cur­tail breaches have been “ex­hausted”.

He was speak­ing to jour­nal­ists dur­ing a tour of flood­af­fected sec­tions of Mar­cus Gar­vey Drive in Kingston on Fri­day.

The flood­ing was caused partly by block­age of the gul­lies ad­ja­cent to the road­way with de­bris, mainly plas­tic bot­tles and Sty­ro­foam con­tain­ers. It was also at­trib­uted to ac­tiv­i­ties as­so­ci­ated with an ex­pan­sion project be­ing un­der­taken by the Na­tional Works Agency (NWA) to widen the road.

Sev­eral en­ti­ties, in­clud­ing Wal­len­ford Cof­fee Com­pany Lim­ited and the Fish­eries Divi­sion of the Min­istry of In­dus­try, Com­merce, Agri­cul­ture and Fish­eries were flooded.

The min­is­ter pointed out that “mil­lions of dol­lars” have been spent on pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion with vir­tu­ally lit­tle suc­cess in curb­ing the prob­lem, hence the need to re­visit how lit­ter­ing can be ef­fec­tively ad­dressed.

McKen­zie noted that the ex­ist­ing fines “are noth­ing for any­body to lose a night’s sleep

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