Monday, 10 February 2020

Trinidad and Tobago litter laws


Q:
I cannot stand people who litter… what are the laws on littering in Trinidad & Tobago?


A:
I am just as disgusted by people who litter, from as small as cigarette butts and straws!

Litter laws in Trinidad & Tobago are governed mainly by the following sections of the Litter Act 1973, as amended:

3(1)(b) – littering in a public place without reasonable excuse
3(2) – the unavailability of a bin is NOT a reasonable excuse
3(3) – if trash is thrown from a vehicle (except bus or taxi), and it is not possible to determine who littered, the driver will be ultimately responsible
3(5) – For individuals, the penalty for littering is a fine of $4000 or 6-months imprisonment; and for incorporated bodies, the penalty is a fine of $8000
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3A(1) – Transporting any material that is likely to blow off of a vehicle or trailer without it being properly secures or covered is an offence
3A(2) - For individuals, the penalty for littering is a fine of $4000 or 6-months imprisonment; and for incorporated bodies, the penalty is a fine of $8000
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4 – Littering on someone else’s property is an offence, for which the penalty is a fine of $4000 or 6-months imprisonment

5A – The penalty for repeat offenders is double the fine

6 – The Local authority has the power to instruct an owner or occupier of property to dispose of litter on said premises if it results in defacement or is dangerous to health or life