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$500 fine for littering

litterBy Gyasi Gonzales

THAT empty box of food you just tossed out the car will nowcost you a $500 fine.

The cost of such littering has been raised from a $50 fine, Local Government Minister Suruj Rambachan said yesterday. He was speaking to graduates of a litter warden programme held at the Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain yesterday. A total of 147 men and women trained for four weeks in the waste disposal laws of Trinidad and Tobago during the programme.

They will have the responsibility of maintaining and upholding these laws and will have the power to initiate legal proceedings against anyone who refuses to comply with their instructions.

Rambachan spoke of the results of the litter warden programme in the Chaguanas Borough which in its first year of operation in 2008 successfully prosecuted 22 out of 32 matters.

He said there was a successful relationship between the litter wardens and law enforcement in the borough.

“We are demanding of you, high levels of professionalism,” Rambachan said as he cautioned the graduates that there will be temptation while they do their jobs.

He said he felt confident that they would act without fear or favour.

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