Heavy Fines Coming Next Month For Littering

Local Government Minister Noel Arscott says he is intent on announcing new penalties next month to make Jamaicans pay dearly for littering the country.

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He has declined to say how substantial the fines will be.

However, Arscott says the stiffer fines are needed urgently as frustration is building over the careless disposal of refuse such as tyres, bottles and plastic by citizens.

He says legal advice is now being sought on whether the proposed new fines can be promulgated in the Parliament while new legislation is drafted.

Arscott says there will be heavy focus on enforcement.

He says before the implementation of the fines, a public education campaign will be done.

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