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New anti-litter act to be tabled by year end

Published:Wednesday | August 8, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Desmond McKenzie, tries out the controls of one of the six new garbage trucks acquired for three of the National Solid Waste Management Authority’s (NSWMA) regional offices. Occasion was the handover ceremony at the NSWMA’s head office in Kingston earlier this year. Looking on are Managing Director of the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), Omar Sweeney (left); and Executive Director of the NSWMA, Audley Gordon.

Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Desmond McKenzie said the new Anti-Litter Act is to be tabled in Parliament by year end.

McKenzie said the process is being expedited to get the act approved, so as to minimise the illegal disposal of waste.

The amendments to the law were recommended by Cabinet and will be resubmitted to the executive group within another four weeks, for final approval.

McKenzie said that after Cabinet's approval, the draft will be sent to the Legislative Committee.

He said that the new Anti-Litter Act will impose stronger penalties, including higher fines, for illegal dumping.

"There are existing laws presently on the books that actually govern that, but the fines associated are not punitive. These are archaic fines that don't really prevent illegal disposal of waste," the minister said.

McKenzie said that as a country, "we shouldn't be legislating for people to understand that if you do certain things, it is to the detriment not just to others, but also to your family".