The National Solid Waste Management Act Fixed Penalty Notice (Litter Ticket) was promulgated on May 1, 2007. Through the Fixed Penalty Notice, the NSWMA has the power to ticket and charge offenders with fines as high AS $10,000.00 per violation – a strategy which hopefully may discourage people from littering and engaging in illegal dumping. 


The NSWMA is aggressive in its efforts to identify persons who breach the provisions of the Act. The following are Authorized Officers who may issue tickets and fines to the violators:

  • Any person appointed as a traffic warden
  • A person appointed as an authorized officer under the National Resources Conservation Regulations, or appointed by the Minister under the National Resources Conservation Authority Act
  • A Public Health Officer
  • Any member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force
  • Authorized Officers under the NSWMA Act
  • An Inspector
  • Any other person acting in aid of such person acting in the execution of his office or duty shall be deemed to be an officer acting in the execution of his duty;

A list of the offences which attract a ticket/fine and the corresponding penalties are illustrated in the table below:

OFFENCE PENALTY
Littering or disposing of garbage in any public space $2,000.00
Wilfully breaking any bottle or article made of glass in or on any public place without having lawful authority or reasonable excuse to do so $5,000.00
Littering or disposing of garbage in or on any premises owned or occupied by another person without the consent of that person $5,000.00
Defacement of public property or public space by erecting, displaying, depositing or affixing anything on any building, wall, fence or structure $3,000.00
Employing persons to deface public property or public space by erecting, displaying, depositing or affixing anything on any building, wall, fence or structure $10,000.00