Bodden Town’s MLA the Hon. Osbourne Bodden said that he is supportive of the notion that harsher penalties should be in effect for illegal dumping of trash and other waste. The second elected member for Bodden town said that open areas in the Bodden Town district, in particular back roads in the area have become targets for individuals and companies who have been dumping waste illegally.
Mr. Bodden says the $500 fine which currently sits in place to deter people from dumping has not been effective in regulating trash build up in off road areas used for dumping and he says that companies as well as individuals should see a raise in fines eligible to both.
“I think companies should have a different rate from individuals, but say you have $5000 for a company and maybe $2000 for individuals, they’re caught dumping, you give them a good fine and after a few of those for the courts, you’re gonna see it eased up,” Mr. Bodden said as he elaborated on the new fines which he believes should be in place.
The Bodden Town MLA says he is urging the community of Bodden Town to scout out people and companies dumping waste in the district and to follow suit in the footsteps of cleaning advocate Kerry Tibbetts who emailed Mr. Bodden about the illegal dumping in the district.
There is currently one legal dumping site on Island where disposable items and industrial waste may be piled. However complaints about illegal dumping off the Anton Bodden Drive in Bodden Town has been highlighted as a target spot for illegal dumping.