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Business fined for illegal dumping

A Grand Bahama business was forced to pay a fine recently for illegal dumping, something the Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) and the Keep Grand Bahama Clean (KGBC) committee want to see eradicated on the island.

The business, which was not named in a press release sent out by the GBPA, was found illegally dumping trash in April of this year, from the back of a marked company truck, according to the release.

“Keep Grand Bahama Clean (KGBC) celebrates a great victory as an indiscriminate dumper was hauled before the courts,” the release states.

“As a part of its mandate the KGBC committee advocates for a cleaner and healthier environment, and with the assistance of the Building and Development Services (B&DS) Department of the Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited, the Royal Bahamas Police Force, the Department of Environmental Health Services and concerned residents, the committee is one step closer.

“On April 10, 2018, during a routine inspection, members of the KGBC committee and the B&DS Department came face-to-face with a repeat offender. Authorities were called in to investigate the actions of a pair of indiscriminate dumpers associated with a local business, offloading an oversized load of garbage material from a marked company truck.”

Co-chairperson of the KGBC and GBPA Environmental Inspector Olethea Gardiner called the incident disheartening and contended that sanitation services on the island have been made “easy and affordable”.

According to the release, the proprietor of the company pleaded guilty to the charge of indiscriminate dumping on August 30 and was fined $1,000.

Gardiner said in the release: “This victory could not have happened without the diligence of the Royal Bahamas Police Force, the Department of Environmental Health Services, and the judiciary who treated this matter as the serious offense that it is. There are statute laws for illegally dumping and it was great to see them being used.”

The GBPA release warned the public not to approach people found illegally dumping, but to contact the police.

Chester Robards

Senior Business Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Chester Robards rejoined The Nassau Guardian in November 2017 as a senior business reporter. He has covered myriad topics and events for The Nassau Guardian.
Education: Florida International University, BS in Journalism
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