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Litter and Waster Control Regulation 2016 effective April 1st

 Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 03/04/2017

The enforcement of the Environment Management – Litter and Waste Control- Regulations 2016 has been effective in Tonga from Saturday, April 1.

The initiative targets members of the public and companies who litter or dispose waste illegally, in the move to help keep Tonga clean.

Prime Minister – Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva made the comment during last week’s press conference.

The enforcement is important so that people can learn to follow the law and be serious about the fact that there are fines that they will pay for the different infringements they make.

He commented on the lead taken by the Governor of Ha’apai in ensuring that Ha’apai is clean all the time.

This follows enforcement officers from the Department of Environment, under the Ministry of MEIDECC, have been working with partners from the Tonga Police Force, Waste Authority and the Ministry of Health in finalising procedures to be followed while enforcing the law last week.

Preparation had included a meeting with the Solicitor General’s Office here in Nuku’alofa, where the Regulation and its clauses were clarified, along with awareness programmes that had started since the enactment of the Regulation in 2016.

Fines range from TOP$20 per infringement to TOP$2,000, depending on the severity of the infringement.

Spot fines are also options that could be implemented by the enforcement officers.

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