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Tuesday , October 19 2021

EPA teams kick start campaigns on beaches to control waste dumping

Fine ranges between KD 50 to KD 500

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 17: With the recent increase in the exit of citizens and residents to sheds on land and at sea, an informed source was quoted as saying that inspection teams, affiliated with the Environment Public Authority, had begun their campaigns on beaches to control waste dumping and other environmental violations, reports Al-Qabas daily.

The same source stated the authority receives daily reports of garbage dumping on the beaches, and they have dealt with some of them- the most recent one in Abu Al-Hasaniya Beach where beach goers were educated through the judicial police and the environmental police on the importance of preserving the cleanliness of the place without discarding waste. According to the environmental law, beach violators may fall under two violations, the first of which is throwing waste that starts with a fine of 50 dinars and reaches 500 dinars, in addition to a fine for burning charcoal, barbecuing or using hookah, starting from 50 dinars and reaching 200 dinars.

Warning and monitoring Environmental activist Funais Al-Ajmi warned that the people of Al-Kashtat neglect wastes, such as food residues, plastics and other materials that are mainly harmful and polluting the land and marine environments.

He indicated the remnants beach goers leave after their picnics, and even on land, are a new killer of the environment – despite the fact that the fungal life of organisms and the earth has returned to normal in many areas and witnessing an improvement in the emergence of fungal plants and others that disappeared over the past years due to the negatives of camping.

Warning and monitoring
Environmental activist Funais Al-Ajmi warned that the people of Al-Kashtat neglect wastes, such as food residues, plastics and other materials that are mainly harmful and polluting the land and marine environments. He indicated the remnants beach goers leave after their picnics, and even on land, are a new killer of the environment – despite the fact that the fungal life of organisms and the earth has returned to normal in many areas and witnessing an improvement in the emergence of fungal plants and others that disappeared over the past years due to the negatives of camping.

4 repeated violations
1. Beach goers leave litter and leftovers on holidays.

2. Some people install “kashta” and build a ceramic bathroom and floor session.

3. Throwing water bottles and juice bottles into the sea.

4. Igniting charcoal for barbecuing on the beach and destroying crops

. Environment Public Authority (EPA) had some months ago, with the cooperation of Kuwait Municipality, distributed special containers for discarding used masks and gloves to all ministries, government agencies and commercial complexes prior to the resumption of work. Director of Public Relations and Information Department Sheikha Al-Ibrahim said in a press statement that this approach is part of the campaign titled “Before you throw it think about it 1000 times” launched by EPA in coordination with the Kuwait Municipality based on community participation in preserving the Kuwaiti environment and following a healthy method to get rid of used prevention materials in order to avoid further spread of coronavirus.

She revealed that 700 containers were to be distributed at the exit points in all government departments and institutions as well as commercial complexes for discarding these materials after they finish shopping. Al-Ibrahim affirmed that the aim of this move is to educate users in these agencies and public authorities on the need to separate office waste from used protection materials such as masks and gloves, adding that visitors to the premises must also dispose of this waste in its correct place in order to ensure public safety and contribute to bringing an end to the spread of the virus. She highlighted that this campaign comes as a continuation of a campaign implemented by the authority that included about 80 cooperative societies where nearly 300 containers were distributed.

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