A year-end timeline has been set for the tabling of the new Anti-Litter Act in Parliament.
Desmond McKenzie, Minister of Local Government and Community Development, said the process is being expedited so as to minimise the illegal disposal of waste.
The amendments to the law were recommended by Cabinet and will be resubmitted to the executive group within another four weeks for final approval.
Mr. McKenzie told the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) that after Cabinet's approval, the draft will be sent to the Legislative Committee.
According to Mr. McKenzie the new Anti-Litter Act will impose stronger penalties, including higher fines, for illegal dumping.
He said the existing fines are archaic and not punitive.