While calling for updated litter laws, Territorial At-Large Representative Neville ‘Sheep’ Smith has also called on residents to unite in using social media to shame known litterers.
Speaking in the House of Assembly on Monday, Smith recounted an experience he had with a “litterbug” who he said was dumping garbage near the roadside.
“I stopped and told him to pick it up. He watched me and started speaking Spanish. I tell him I cannot speak Spanish but I have a phone, and I am going to take a picture. From the time he saw the phone coming, he put it back in the truck. But, the thing is, I couldn’t follow him to see where he’s going to dump it next,” Smith said.
The first-term legislator then called on residents to emulate him to stamp out indiscriminate littering.
He said: “When you see stuff like these — not just the leaders but the people — take pictures and post them on Facebook. We have to work together and start making people accountable for the wrong they do. We cannot sit any longer and expect the government to do everything.”
Revise litter laws
He said there is also a need for the territory’s penalties on littering to be revised.
“We need to create stiffer fines for these litterbugs,” Smith said. “I can remember when I was not in this seat, I heard about Litter Wardens. What happened to those? We need to be serious about the things we are coming in this House and discussing.”
He added: “Let us do things. I know this government is going to do things because if it’s one thing, we are not afraid to make decisions. But, this has to be a team effort. If somebody has a good idea, it is a good idea, and that’s how we have to start thinking.”
In his remarks, Smith suggested that being mindful and active in efforts to tackle littering is in-keeping with good tourism-related practices.
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