Litterbugs caught dumping, Corporation calls on public to obey laws
The public is being cautioned to obey the country's laws regarding waste disposal after a video was shared online showing people allegedly attempting to dump what appeared to be old bricks at the side of the roadway.
The exact location of the incident was not stated.
The Tunapuna/Piarco Regional Corporation shared the video to social media and thanked the people who intervened and halted the illegal dumping.
"The Tunapuna/Piarco Regional Corporation continues to thank and support the St. Micheal's Friends Group,which includes concerned local businessman and health enthusiast Mr. Gregory Bowyer along with hardworking TTPS Corporal Deon Jeffers for their continued efforts to eradicate dumping in their area by unpatriotic persons."
"This video captures yet another unpatriotic member of the public illegally dumping waste. The TPRC continues to plead with citizens to dispose of their waste in an environmentally friendly manner," the Corporation said.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government said it assessed two illegal dumping sites in the Aranguez area on Monday.
The Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government assessed two illegal dumping sites along Johnny King Circular Road, Aranguez today (Monday 8th July, 2019). .
The Ministry said Gerard Ramawack, Sanitation Foreman III attached to the San Fernando City Corporation was accompanied by Dr. Meera Sheik, Principal Medical Health Officer (PMHO) at the Public Health and Sanitation Unit, San Juan/Laventille Regional Corporation.
Dr. Sheik warned that illegal dumping sites pose serious public health risks to surrounding communities by serving as a breeding ground for insects, vermin and disease.
Mr. Ramawack added that residents can get assistance from their respective municipal corporation as there are programmes in place to address waste disposal.
The Ministry said it will be continuing its national clean-up campaign.
"As the rainy season progresses, it is imperative that instances of illegal dumping be rectified. Moreover, citizens are reminded that illegal is a criminal offence."
Fines for littering were increased in 2019: Anyone caught dumping waste illegally could be fined up to $4,000 while any business caught dumping waste illegally could be fined up to $8,000.
Anyone spotting persons dumping rubbish illegally is urged to contact their local regional corporation or contact the police on 555, 999, or 800-TIPS.