Recently, several illegal dumping grounds were discovered near the S. C. Bootle Highway.
According to Sgt. 2098 Huqlin Mullings, persons are committing the illegal act of dumping their trash, furniture and derelict vehicles along the service road northeast of the Bahamas Government Complex that leads to the S.C. Bootle Highway just across from Latterrain Ministries in Central Pines.
Other areas being used as illegal dumping sites are Central Pines Way opposite Central Abaco Primary School (CAPS), and at the top of the hill overlooking the wetlands/pond in Central Pines.
“Fines can range from $300 to $1,000 or more, so we encourage everyone to properly dispose of their waste at the designated landfills,” Sgt. Mullings warned.
On November 10, 2016, the public was warned that dumping of debris in any space – private or public – not deemed an authorized dumpsite is illegal and in breach of The Environmental Health Act, Chapter 232 and the Health Regulations.
Moreover, Section 23; Subsection 4 of the Act states that anyone found guilty of this offence will be fined $300 or face four months imprisonment, the Department of Environmental Health Services has advised.
Regarding litter, the provisions of section 28 (I)(U) of the Act goes on to state that “a person shall not in a forest estate: (a) deposit or leave any litter, bottle, broken glass, china, plastic article,
pottery, rubbish, refuse or waste material, except in an area or receptacle provided for that purpose;
(b) deposit, discharge or leave any noxious, noisome, offensive or polluting substance, matter or thing;
(c) deposit or leave any offal, dead animal or other waste material; (d) deposit any domestic garbage or household refuse; (e) willfully break any article of glass, china, pottery, plastic or other deleterious, toxic or polluting substance; or (f) deposit, discharge or leave any mineral, mineral waste or industrial waste or by product thereof, oily liquids, acids or other deleterious, toxic or polluting substance.
A general penalty becomes effective in the event a person (a) contravenes any provision of Regulations 31 through 35; (b) commits any other offence under these regulations in relation to which the penalty is not otherwise specified; (c) refuses or fails to produce any license or permit upon the request of an authorized officer; (d) assaults, resists or obstructs an authorized officer in the execution of his duties; (e) uses threatening language or behaves in a threatening manner towards an authorized officer in the execution of his duties; (f) refuses to leave a forest estate, when ordered to do so by an authorized officer (g) removes, alters or interferes with any articles seized under these regulations without first obtaining the permission of an authorized officer; or (g) removes, alters or interferes with any articles seized under these regulations without first obtaining the permission of an authorized officer is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding $25,000 or two years imprisonment
Sgt. Mullings admonished residents of North, Central and South Abaco to use their approved public dumpsite/s for disposing of household appliances, furniture and vegetative materials.
“The public is further advised that anyone caught dumping debris in any unauthorized location will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” he informed.