Wednesday 23 September, 2020

Ministry to hire 147 litter wardens

The Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government has resumed the recruitment of Litter Prevention Wardens across the nation as interviews commenced on Tuesday. 

The process will be undertaken according to the geographic location in the following areas: North, Central and South Trinidad.

Litter Prevention Wardens are mandated to ensure the implementation of the Litter Act Chap:  30: 52 in accordance with the Municipal Corporations policies, procedures and arrangements. Consequently, they are an integral resource to all corporations as they seek to ensure public health and sanitation.

The duties of these wardens include, but are not limited to;

- The conducting of street and public patrols;

- The detection of offences which culminate in litter offences or warrant a clean-up order; and,

- The investigation of complaints and the preparation of statements and/or reports to use in the prosecution of said complaints.

Additionally, Litter Prevention Wardens are expected to liaise with Councils and Statutory Bodies such as the Emergency Management Authority (EMA) on matters which affect public health and safety issues.

Minister of Rural Development and Local Government, Kazim Hosein, reiterates the need for citizens to be more conscientious about waste management and the dumping of garbage saying, “All citizens must strive to adopt a cleaner lifestyle for the benefit of our health as well as the conservation of our environment.”

As the rainy season progresses, citizens are reminded to refrain from illegally dumping garbage and to report any instances of illegal dumping. Not only do these activities pose a severe health hazard as illegal dumping sites facilitate vermin and disease, but they also increase the potential and severity of flooding. The Ministry advises that persons caught in breach of the Litter Act will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.


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