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Littering fines to be adjusted

by: Dominica Vibes News - September 3, 2018
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Minister for Tourism and Culture, Senator Robert Tonge (file photo)

Minister for Tourism and Culture Senator Robert Tonge has said litter fines will be adjusted for indiscriminate littering on the island.

Senator Tonge explained that there are signs that say $5,000 for littering but he thinks this is too steep and needs to be adjusted during a recent press conference at the Prevost Cinemall.

“Through the government and the Minister of Environment the intention is to empower the Litter Warden to begin charging people,” Mr. Tonge said.

He said not everyone will adhere to the rules and will have to be taken into consideration, and the fines will not be exorbitant.

“Just imagine if you are a litter warden and you see your friend throwing garbage to charge him $5,000, more than likely you will say, I am not going to do that.”

Senator Tonge also stated that commercial entities should not be placing garbage on the street.

“Many times we see these commercial entities putting garbage outside. Commercial entities are not supposed to put garbage outside,” Tonge noted adding that commercial companies on the island that host activities on the beach should dispose of their garbage properly.

According to Senator Tonge, it is important to take care of the environment and to dispose of garbage properly and he encouraged persons to keep their environment clean.