Man fined $50,000 for illegal dumping

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THE man who was hauled from his St Andrew home last month for operating an informal dump at the premisis on Woodhaven Avenue was fined $50,000 when he appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court yesterday.

The accused, Marlon Richards, was charged with operating a disposal facility without a licence and failing to remove litter.

When the matter was called up, Richards pleaded guilty to both charges.

He was fined $50,000 or three months for failing to remove litter and will return to court on June 27 for sentencing on the other charge.

Richards was arrested on February 20 when he failed to comply with warning notices from the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) for him to desist from dumping waste in the residential community.

Last month, the NSWMA told the Jamaica Observer that Richards offered garbage removal services and would dump the waste at his property to avoid paying a fee to use the Riverton disposal site.

“Acting on intelligence, we came here and we saw a resident right at this premises harbouring and storing a number of different types of material — old refrigerators, engine blocks, construction debris, old bed, old mattresses, you name it, every type of material,” the agency’s regional operations manager for the parishes of Kingston and St Andrew, St Catherine, and St Thomas, Adrian Grant, said then.

The NSWMA later removed several loads of debris from the property, which the agency said was a health hazard.

“…So far we have removed eight loads and we are on the ninth one there now, and we still have a number of loads inside,” Grant explained then.

Insisting that the State had to act on the complaints, he said the operation was a multi-agency one.

“It was a serious health hazard. The people in the community are very glad with what we are doing because of what was happening,” he said.

Some of the residents who watched the clean-up operation from behind their fences were delighted.

“Mi feel good say the place a go look nice and clean again. Nobody no like see the dump,” a woman who gave her name only as Jackie said last month.

Another resident, Carol Nangle, who has been living in the community for more than 30 years, said they are oftentimes verbally abused by the accused.

“He’s unapproachable. He uses a lot of bad words and threatening language. I am very happy, is like I win the lotto; I’m elated,” Nangle said last month.

— Racquel Porter

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