Residents will soon go to jail for littering


Health Minister Molwyn Joseph has announced the most “advanced” litter act currently in the draft stage which will see jail sentences imposed on offenders.

Joseph made the announcement in parliament today while giving an update on the ongoing national cleanup exercise. He said 1942 tonnes of garbage has been collected since the start of the exercise in March.

Talking tough on litterbugs, Joseph told the Lower House that the issue of wanton littering, wanton dumping stop.

“We have uncovered over 120 illegal dumping sites in Antigua and Barbuda within the last week,” the minister said.

He said the Attorney General’s office is drafting tougher litter laws to end this problem.

“People have asked for the litter act to have more teeth and those who have asked for more teeth, if they want fangs, they will get fangs as well.

“2018 must be the transformational year when we see the people of this country individually take responsibility for keeping the environment clean.”

“People will go to jail, people will pay large fines, they will get their vehicles confiscated and impounded,” the minister said.



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  1. I’m waiting to see about the reward people will be given that report littering and ensure conviction of those littering. I will make it my business to earn the first reward. i will be out looking like a hawk for those nasty people and illegal garbage dumpers. My phone will be ready to take pictures.

  2. Tilting my hat in this direction with the minister. Full time for action against the litterers

  3. Tilting my hat in with the minister on this. Too much littering around on the island. Dispicable!

  4. Jail time?? Isn’t that a little harsh?? Time in prison for a fig skin out the car window?? Wow! I’m scared already. Thought jail was for CRIMINALS.

  5. That measure will not be anymore effective than offering reward for drug trafficking.

    The Litter already contains provisions for imprisonment for Littering plus heavy fines!

  6. Tougher laws will never end the Littering problem. We are dealing with an attitudinal issue . LAWS may play a role to help change behaviour but more fundamental measures are needed.

    New management is indeed pivotal

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