Saturday 23 March, 2019

WATCH: Ministry warns against dumping, offenders will be charged

Citizen journalist captures burning rubbish at Dinsley Road, Tunapuna.

Citizen journalist captures burning rubbish at Dinsley Road, Tunapuna.

As citizens continue to prepare during the Christmas season in anticipation of the holiday, members of the public are continuing their cleanup efforts. However, these cleanup efforts have led to increased dumping and citizens are warned against this trend.

In a statement issued on Thursday, Rural and Local Government Minister Kazim Hosein said the Ministry is taking “a hard stance” against illegal dumping on roadsides and along river banks.

The statement was released after photos and videos showing rubbish being dumped indiscriminately at Dinsley Road, Tunapuna, surfaced on social media.

In response, the Minister said the perpetrators will be held accountable. 

“Illegal dumping contributes to the incidence of flooding and attracts rodents and other pests, as garbage causes blockages and impedes the run-off of water. We must be mindful of our surroundings and keep our communities clean. There are proper ways to dispose of garbage, and we urge citizens to follow the rules. We are taking these matters very seriously and offenders will be charged for their illegal activities.”

The statement noted that illegal dumping poses a severe public health hazard as garbage frequently enters drains and watercourses, causing blockages and ultimately, flooding.

It said Litter Wardens along with Public Health Departments at each Municipal Corporation continue to work diligently to enforce the laws for proper garbage disposal.

According to the release, monitoring the cleanliness across the nation forms part of the Ministry’s ongoing efforts following the National Clean-Up Campaign.

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