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Amendments to Litter Act coming soon – Local Government Minister

As the Government of Jamaica continues to implement public sanitation measures to deal with the threat of the Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases, Minister of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie has announced that changes to the Litter Act are to go before Cabinet for approval shortly.

While participating in the National Labour Day Project at the Gregory Park Basic School in Portmore, St. Catherine, Minister McKenzie said the proposed amendments provide for, among other things, an increase in fines for littering. “While we are working to make the country clean, we have to bring to book those who continue to spoil the beauty of the country,” he said.

He noted the significance of the national project, which included major clean-up activities in the Gregory Park and Washington Mews communities, which have a significant number of mosquito breeding sites.

“Jamaicans have to recognise and accept that we are a tropical country, so we are prone to many of the problems associated with mosquitoes and it is going to be important that as a people we are committed to having a clean Jamaica.”

Labour Day 2016 was observed under the theme: ‘For Health’s Sake…Keep It Clean’.