Training to raise capacity of LPOs to enforce Litter Act

Minister for Waterways and Environment, Dr Mahendra Reddy with Ministry permanent secretary Joshua Wycliffe and participants attending the Litter Act 2008 Litter Prevention Officers (LPO) Enforcement Training. Picture: SUPPLIED

THE Litter Act 2008 prescribes penalties for littering for various offences and includes littering from a vehicle, failing to safeguard traffic and remove litter, and abandoning dangerous litter.

Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development, Waterways and Environment, Dr Mahendra Reddy said this while officiating at the training for the Litter Act 2008 Litter Prevention Officers (LPO) Enforcement Training in the Central Division at Novotel in Lami today.

“The Act is administered by the Department of Environment but can be enforced by a number of authorized litter prevention officers, which includes police officers, Land Transport Officers, Public health officers and other Public Officers,” Dr Reddy said.

“Although it has been more than ten years since the enforcement of the Litter Act 2008 its effective implementation is quite challenging given the limited resources that we have,” he said.

Meanwhile the purpose of the training is to develop and raise the capacity of Litter Prevention Officers to enforce the Litter Act 2008 and help address the issue of littering that is of national concern.

More than 300 hundred LPO’s have been appointed and trained from the various Government Departments and Agencies previously.

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