Outgoing President Mansour toughens penalties against littering

Ahram Online, Thursday 5 Jun 2014

Woman dumps household garbage on trash pile on Cairo street (Photo: AP)

Just two days before leaving office, Egypt's outgoing interim President Adly Mansour issued amendments to the 1967 Public Hygiene Law, toughening both fines and jail sentences for individuals who litter or dump trash, such as construction waste on public land.

The law penalises those who dump construction waste on bridges, railways, landmarks and so forth, with fines ranging from LE20,000 to LE100,000.

The law also fines average citizens who litter LE200 to LE5,000.

Egypt has suffered for years from a crisis in garbage collection leavingpublic spaces as sites for dumping trash.

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