STAR of the Month : Too many litterbugs - Agent Sasco calls of J'cans to keep country clean

October 09, 2017
Agent Sasco
Garbage washed up on the shore of the Kingston Harbour by the sign along the Michael Manley Boulevard in east Kingston, which welcomes everyone to the capital city.

If Agent Sasco were a legislator, one of the first things he would do is to implement stringent measures to punish litterbugs.

Agent Sasco, while speaking with journalists at the offices of THE STAR at North Street in Kingston last week, said he is sickened by the way some people go about disposing their solid waste.

"We can't treat our surroundings like this and expect that it is going to foster much positivity," the entertainer said.

He said that it is high time Jamaicans recognise that the nation will not experience progress and development if people continue to litter their surroundings.

"If me responsible fi any policy round here, that is one of the first things I would tackle, and I think it is one of the easiest things to fix," he said.

Under the National Solid Waste Management Act, it is illegal for people to improperly dispose of garbage. The National Solid Waste Management Authority has the power to ticket and charge offenders with fines as high as $10,000 per violation.

Littering or disposing of garbage in any public space attracts a $2,000 fine, while the offence of wilfully breaking any bottle or article made of glass attracts a $5,000 fine. However, even with the laws in place, concerns have been raised about the fact that many persons continue to be nasty. Agent Sasco is not amused.

"If yuh go inna the river or any seaside, you will see Chubby bottles, styrofoam and dem things there. It is a crying shame and it don't have to be like that," Agent Sasco said.

"Mi see people a drive and just sail supme outa dem car. Oh God, man, if it up to me, yuh serve all a month fi dat," the artiste said.

Agent Sasco argued that the expansion of community tourism and the rise as Airbnb as an option presents Jamaicans with better opportunities to earn more from tourism.

"If we tidy up Jamaica and it look nice, the same Airbnb, if you a charge $10 now, it can go to $50 next week," he said.

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