Littering and the careless disposal of rubbish has contributed immensely to flooding and health hazards.
This was highlighted by the Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development, Waterways and Environment Hon. Dr Mahendra Reddy while handing over a fibre glass boat and outboard engine to Nakubati youth club in Rakiraki on Tuesday.
Minister Reddy reiterated that littering was a major contributor to flooding, especially when rubbish is dumped into waterways, mangroves and drains which blocked the flow of water during heavy downpour.
He said villages should ensure that rubbish is disposed safely to ensure that their environment remained free from diseases.
“The rubbish not only blocks the waterways, it is an eyesore and will also threaten your health and the health of your children. You need to ensure that you protect your environment.”
“I want to urge all communities, villages and settlements to assist us in dealing with this major issue which affects our waterways,” Minister Reddy reiterated.
He said the Waterways and Environment Ministry would soon be recruiting part-time Litter Prevention Officers who would be issuing infringement notices to people caught littering as a deterrent to members of the public to refrain from this unhealthy behaviour.