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Tough new fines for illegal dumping approved

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Tougher new fines for illegal dumping have been approved unanimously by city council.

Council approved a new fee structure for dumping that has raised minimum fines for illegal dumping of a large load of garbage, furniture, car parts and appliances -- or the accumulation of this material -- to $2,000 for individuals or $4,000 for corporations.

The old fine was $300.

The fine for illegal dumping of a smaller amount of garbage has been raised to $600 for individuals or $1,200 for corporations.

Fines for littering a small item such as a gum wrapper or cigarette butt has been reduced to $100, with an early-payment option of $50. Fines for spitting have been reduced to $100 from $1,000.

The city does not expect to generate revenue from the higher fines. The additional revenue will finance increased enforcement along the lines of dumping crackdowns underway in the North End and inner city.

In a related move, Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz and Mynarski Coun. Ross Eadie moved a motion to ask city solid waste managers to come up with a broader plan to combat abandoned garbage and bulky waste within 30 days.

Eadie and Daniel McIntyre Coun. Harvey Smith also moved a motion to ask solid waste managers to consider a means of compensating homeowners whose garbage and recycling carts are vandalized.

Smith also raised the issue about littering gum, in a reference to an allegation raised about the mayor.

He also asked if there can be a means of not just fining the dumping offenders, but making their identities public.

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