As part of the amplified campaign by the Mayor and City Council of Georgetown (M&CC) to address the problem of littering in the city, a further 21 persons were taken to court by the end of last week for callous disposal of waste.
According to a statement issued by the Municipality, 17 were fined $10,000 with an alternative of 21 days in prison while one was fined $15,000 with an alternative of six weeks in prison.
Two other persons, according to the statement, were fined $7,500 with an alternative of 20 days in prison. However, cases against two other individuals were not pursued.
According to Public Relations Officer, Royston King, the M&CC is vigorously pursuing its anti-litter programme in certain sections of the city. This effort, he noted, is aimed at ridding the city of a wanton disposal problem that has become overwhelming.
“The council, time and again, has asked citizens to act responsibility through motivational messages in the print and electronic media. However, some citizens are disregarding the law with impunity.”
King said that the council is left with no choice but to enforce the law.
The Council, according to King, cannot accept citizens littering the drains and canals. Littering, he said, is an economic, environmental and social burden. “When the environment is polluted and defaced with litter, it affects our ability to promote Georgetown as a tourist destination.”
This problem he said costs the Municipality financially since additional monies have to be expended to clean drains and canals that were already cleaned. This results in diverting needed finances from other critical areas, King added.
He noted that littering the thoroughfares contributes to blocked drains and canals which lead to mosquito breeding and the increase in likelihood of mosquito borne diseases.
“The way some citizens treat the environment would have serious consequences on the health of our city…”
The campaign against litterbugs was intensified last month and comes in wake of observations that indiscriminate dumping has done nothing to help the integrity of the city’s drainage system following recent rainfalls.
“We have observed that water remains on the land after rainfall and this, we know, is primarily because of the indiscriminate dumping of refuge by persons in the city be it residents or just visitors,” said Superintendent of Enforcement, Stephen Bailey. He noted that the Constabulary is continually forced to enforce the bylaws of the city. “If you just walk outside you would see the amount of garbage because of the behaviour of the people in the city.”
The information coming from the relevant section is that the garbage and the stuff that are thrown into the system are clogging up the kokers and the sluices and this prevents the water from draining off the land. So we have decided to up the ante…”
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