'Pay for your litter' Walvis Bay, Namibia

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We are students from the International school of Walvis Bay. We are passionate about saving our environment from all forms of waste and litter which is destroying our natural wildlife. We must reduce our Eco footprint - this is why we want the inhabitants of the country of Namibia, to stop littering or pay a set fine for their actions.

Rubbish often ends up in our national parks, in waterways and in dams where it can go on to be ingested by wildlife and affect the ecosystem. It can break down into tiny pieces small enough to enter our bodies and even our bloodstreams. Namibia has an estimate of 5.3 million tons of waste per year.

The ministry of environment and tourism has expressed concern at the increasing volumes of litter across the country. Deputy environment minister Tommy Nambahu raised this concern at consultative workshop on the draft national waste management strategy in Namibia.

Let's fight for on the spot fines to help increase awareness, informing visitors of the consequences of littering. Littering is often a criminal offense, punishable with a fine in most countries but not enforced in Namibia. Litter in countries like the United States is an environmental issue and littering is often a criminal offense, punishable with a fine as set out by laws in many places. Litter laws, enforcement efforts and court prosecutions are used to help reduce littering.

Please sign this petition to deter all people from littering and to bring awareness to this problem affecting so many people and places across the world.

Interview:

An interview with the deputy environment minister tommy Nambahu has concluded his opinion on the matter:

 What has littering done to this country?

“It has really become a stain on our reputation as one of the cleanest countries in Africa and this situation presents a serious risk to both our citizens and the environment.” 

 What strategy do you have to raise awareness on the matter?

“I am confident that what we have is already a comprehensive strategy that is ambitious but also practical and implementable, however, we must be mindful of the fact that a strategy is nothing without awareness.”

Should people pay a litter fine if there are no signs about littering in the area where they dropped it?

The council is not required to place signs in every street, road, highway, park or open space to tell people not to litter or to inform them that litter patrols are operating in the area councils across the country should now actively issuing Fixed Penalty Notices in order to drive the message home to those who spoil our towns and cities by carelessly discarding their rubbish.

These are the statistics showing waste in Namibia.

·       Paper: 1.43 million tons

·       Glass: 238 000 tons

·       Metals: 482 000 tons

·       Plastics: 678 000 tons

·       Rubber, leather & textiles: 477 000 tons

·       Wood: 329 000 tons

·       Yard trimmings: 716 000 tons

·       Foods: 774 00 tons

·       Other: 175 000 tons

PAY FOR YOUR LITTER IN NAMIBIA!



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