Bubi Rural District Council (RDC) is crafting an educational and awareness campaign programme for the district so that it is equipped with knowledge on new environmental bylaws.

The initiative has been taken following the approval of the environmental bylaw instrument number 2 of 2018 earlier this year.

In an effort to maintain environmental standards, Bubi RDC has begun its educational and awareness programme in wards 11 and ward 15.

The local authority is targeting to complete the awareness campaign by the end of May so that sitting councillors participate in the programme.

Bubi RDC chief executive officer, Mr Patson Mlilo said the communities have been incorporated so that they desist from practicing stream bank cultivation, unnecessary cutting down of trees, poaching of pit and river sand among other vices.

“It’s already in effect but we are still consulting all our stakeholders so that we conscientise people so that we do not fine them for things they do not know. We are going right round the wards together with councillors and ward leadership conscientising people, drawing them to the attention of the bylaw, giving them copies so that they know that this is the bylaw that is binding to all of them,” he explained.

The council is also working on a new land fill which has been designed to meet the standards of Environmental Management Agency and will cost $100 000.

According to the council environmental by-laws, failure to adhere to them will attract a fine of up to $30 for individuals