The Enforcement Division of the Belait District Office issued a BND500 fine to a local company for improper disposal of trash on December 19.
The illegal act was discovered by the division during a patrol, with the company having improperly transported several crates of trash to the site.
The company was issued the said fine under Section 12(1)(d), Chapter 30 of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, which involves drops, spills or scatters of any dirt, sand, earth, gravel, clay, loam, stone, grass, straw, shavings, saw-dust, ashes, garden refuse, stable refuse, trade refuse, manure, garbage or any other matter in any public place, whether from a moving or stationary vehicle or in any other manner.
The company was given seven days to settle the fine and failure to do so will result in the case being brought to court.
If found guilty, a further fine of not less than BND2,000 and no more than BND10,000 will be handed to the company, while subsequent offences will see a penalty of no less than BND10,000 and no more than BND30,000 fine or imprisonment of no less than 12 months.
Meanwhile, individuals caught violating the Act will also face similar fines of no less than BND1,000 and no more than BND3,000 will be handed, while subsequent offences will see a penalty of no less than BND3,000 and no more than BND9,000 fine or imprisonment of no less than six months.
Authorities reminded the public to take care of the cleanliness of the environment and to dispose of trash in designated areas.