Cleanliness is a national concern. Although each one of us wants to live in a healthy and clean environment, the present scenario reflects a contrasting picture. Can stricter laws help improve this state? While you ponder over this question, let’s take a look at some of the world’s strangest laws on cleanliness:
A few unbelievable laws have been enforced in Singapore to maintain cleanliness and hygiene. Firstly, chewing and selling bubblegum is completely banned here. And secondly, people, who fail to flush toilets, are punished under the law.
Britain has a very interesting ‘Anti Foul Law’. It makes it a mandate for every pet-owner to clear up any pet foul left behind. If one fails to clean up, he can be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice, or if the case goes to court a fine of up to £1,000. In addition to this law, Britain has also made abandoning of vehicles illegal as its dangerous and it can ruin the appearance of ones neighbourhood. People are advised to report the same.
There is a stringent law for litter and waste droppings in Pennsylvania. Under it, litter thrown or deposited from a vehicle onto a road is considered an offense. It leads to imposition of a fine of upto $900, depending on where the dumping occured (public or private property).
This city has been popular for its mandatory street sweeping since 1960’s. Business and public cooperate in generating awareness and preventing litter. Today, a modern fleet of cleaning vehicles, technology and equipment are used. This helps provide a highly efficient and flexible standard of service.
Iowa is one of the 10 states that have a bottle bill, along with Connecticut, California, Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, Oregon, Michigan, New York and Hawaii. This state law requires people to pay a 5-cent deposit on bottles and cans for all carbonated and alcoholic beverages including beer, soft drinks, wine and liquor. That money is returned if people later return the empty containers to a grocery store or redemption center.
Smokers in Georgia, who throw away their cigarette butts on the beaches, could face a $1,000 fine under a revised city ordinance.
Besides anti-litter laws, there are many other nations which are famous for their cleanliness. These include Arkansas, Tennessee, Denmark, Switzerland, Japan, New Zealand, Sweden and Norway. Do you think India too needs such laws to stay clean? Let us know what you think.