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Police warn of $50,000 fine for burning garbage

Thursday, July 17, 2014 | 12:23 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica – The police are warning the public that anyone caught burning garbage could be subject to a penalty of up to $50,000.

According to the police Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) open burning, without permission, is an illegal activity and is prohibited under the Country Fires Act and the Public Health (Nuisance) Regulations.

CCU noted that lighting open fires has resulted in an increase in damage to properties, injuries and in some cases and loss of lives. This illegal practice has been exacerbated by the prolonged dry period, the CCU said.

Members of the public are therefore being urged to find alternative methods of clearing lands and disposing of garbage.

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