[www.inewsguyana.com] – Newly appointed and empowered Litter Wardens were given an overview of the various provisions of the Litter prevention regulations, including the offences and the associated penalties and fines, and guidance on standard operating procedures in terms of identifying offences, collecting and giving evidence in court, against an offender.
Subsequent to the passing of new litter prevention regulations and subsequent appointment of Litter Wardens to enforce the provisions of the regulations) the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), hosted one of several workshops at the Herdmanston Lodge, aimed at appointing persons holding a specified class of office as Litter Prevention Wardens under the Litter Prevention Regulations (2013).
iNews understands that under the Litter Regulations, it is an offense to litter in a public place, particularly; (1) to deposit litter in a public place, (2) to deposit litter from a moving vehicle onto a public place and (3) to cause or permit persons to commit offenses 1 and 2.
Further, person/persons found guilty of any of these offenses under the Litter Regulations shall be liable to a fine of between fifty thousand dollars ($50, 000) or three months imprisonment in the case of an individual, and one hundred thousand dollars ($100, 000) in the case of a business entity.
Officers from the Guyana Police Force, the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission, the Guyana Forestry Commission, The Harbour Masters and Public Health Officers were officially appointed as Litter Wardens. These Categories of Officers are deemed Litter Wardens under section 21(6) of the regulations. Honorary Litter Wardens were also appointed under section 21 (1), and included the Officers of the Protected Areas Commission, and the City Constabulary of the Georgetown Mayor and City Council.
This exercise follows a commitment by the Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment, Robert Persaud to have staff of the regulatory agencies of the natural resources and environmental sectors, along with other critical agencies such as the Guyana Police Force and City Constabulary play a much more proactive and prominent role in providing support to the EPA and the Ministry in enforcing the Litter Prevention Regulations.