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The following excerpts are from an interesting article in this month's JO magazine:
Beginning this January, the Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) spent JD173,000 to place 16 cameras on police cares all over the capital, in order to catch garbage-tossers in the act. Litterers who are caught on camera get handed a JD10-20 fine, which the municipality hopes to increase in the future.Read the full article in the May 2007 edition of JO magazine.
A shocking 1,200 littering tickets were given out in March along. "Littering violations now make up 13 percent of all tickets written," says Engineer Ahmad Khawaideh, Head of Traffic Regulations at the Greater Amman Municipality. And that's only from 16 cameras!
GAM did not expect such an immense number of violations, Khawaideh said; they expected up to 10 tickets per day, per camera. But each camera is recording up to 100 traffic incidents daily, about 13 of which are environmental incidents – highlighting the necessity of stressing to the public the problem of littering, but also causing manpower strain on the GAM.
"Littering has become an immense burden on the country, and that is not only due to environmental issues at stake, but aesthetic and safety concerns as well," says Khawaideh. "Once someone breaks the habit of tossing trash out the window, they will not only help in keeping the country clean and environmentally friendly, but also save the life of a municipality worker." Many municipality workers have been struck and killed by vehicles while trying to clean the main streets of Amman, he adds.
"People tend to think that our goal is giving out tickets," Khawaideh says. "In fact, our goal is to have a cleaner and more environmentally-friendly country."