1,600 ticketed for breaching anti-litter law
KINGSTON, Jamaica - The National Solid Waste Management (NSWMA) has reported that they have issued tickets to more than 1,600 persons for breaches of the anti-litter law in the last six months.
In addition some 600 persons were arrested, charged and taken to court over the same period.
Executive Director of the NSWMA Jennifer Edwards, said persons have been sanctioned for littering, urinating in public among other illegal acts.
Speaking at the Jamaica House press briefing today, Edwards told reporters that in an effort to curb littering in this country, the NSWMA has embarked on a campaign to clean up mini dumps across the island.
Edwards said the company has been concentrating on the management of solid waste over the last few months and have implemented a programmer to identify and clear mini dumps.
"These have been areas that have been of concern and to me certainly they do not enhance the aesthetic of the country but also they are part of the reason why we have had the rodent infestation," she said.
She said across the island 65 such illegal sites have been cleared.
"Unfortunately oftentimes we clear and by tomorrow the heap returns but we are persisting that we will get the message across that these are not area tyo be dumped," she added.
The NSWMA has dispatched enforcement and community relations teams into communities to speak to residents about proper storage and disposal of waste, this approach she says has been generating positive results.