Ernakulam: In a significant move aimed at curbing littering and illegal waste dumping in public places, the Kerala High Court has proposed an amendment to the law that would introduce punishments, including imprisonment, for repeat offenders. The decision comes as part of a broader effort to maintain the cleanliness and orderliness of public spaces in the state.
A Division Bench comprising Justice Bechu Kurian Thomas and Justice P. Gopinath recently considered the matter and directed the examination of whether the responsibility for preventing illegal waste dumping should be vested with the police. This suggestion reflects the court’s commitment to tackling the persistent issue of littering and improper disposal of waste.
The court has further instructed local government bodies to identify suitable locations for the installation of specialised booths aimed at collecting plastic bottles. This initiative is expected to encourage responsible waste disposal and recycling practices among the public. By establishing these designated collection points, authorities aim to create a more organised system for waste management.
In a unique and innovative move, the Kerala High Court has also called for the establishment of bottle-shaped booths dedicated to the collection of plastic bottles across the state. This creative approach aligns with broader environmental efforts to reduce plastic waste and promote recycling.
Furthermore, the National Highways Authority has been directed to provide information on the utilisation of plastic and other municipal waste in the construction of national highways. The National Highways Regional Manager has been called upon to appear online during the next hearing of the petition, scheduled for the 6th of the coming month.