Hey Tosser, you will be caught

Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is partnering with the NSW Government and Environmental Protection Authority during March and April to help clearly communicate the message that littering won’t be tolerated through the Hey Tosser! litter campaign.

“LPSC fully backs moves to drive a change in social norms around litter by raising awareness about littering and its impacts, and reducing littering behaviour. It is estimated it costs NSW $180,000,000+ each year to clean up litter. It costs LPSC ratepayers considerable amounts each year to clean up the mess left by thoughtless individuals in our area, not to mention the environmental impacts, so we are keen to see the NSW Government’s aim to reduce the volume of litter by 40% by 2020 become reality,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.

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“Whilst Council’s Rangers monitor littering all year round, we will be upping the ante in coming weeks with particular attention being focused on this offence,” Councillor Hope said.

“Roadside litter is one of the Shire’s most unnecessary and preventable environmental problems. Our Rangers can only be in one place at a time so it is vital that community members help fight this problem. The NSW EPA can issue fines of $250 for an individual and $500 for a corporation for littering from a vehicle, based on reports from members of the public. By registering to report Tossers littering from vehicles to the EPA, you can be part of the solution to the litter issue.

“LPSC encourages everyone in our region to get on board. Visit Report to EPA to register - http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/reporttoepa/,” he said.

“While I encourage people to report these incidents I also want them to remember their health and safety are even more important and no risks should be taken. Never use your mobile phone while driving, pull over or ask a passenger to record the details,” he continued.

If it is safe to do so, get your passenger to take a photo of the car, location and litter item. Make as many notes as possible about the observation, such as the time you observed the littering, where you were going at the time, where you were in relation to the offender’s vehicle, for example, in your car behind the vehicle, who was with you and if they also saw the littering, the weather conditions at the time and how you recorded the littering, for example in a note book, voice recording etc. Keep your notes, photographs, videos and any other evidence for one year in case the penalty notice is disputed and you are required to attend court as a witness. This is a fairly rare occurrence as based on the most recent statistics, only around 4% of people that receive a fine have challenged it by electing to have a court hear the case. Submit your report to the EPA as soon as possible, and within 14 days of your observation,” he continued.

“Since February 2015, more than 19,000 people across NSW registered, over 25,000 reports of littering from a vehicle were made, and more than 16,000 fines have been issued by the EPA.

“For a rural Shire such as ours, it is a sobering statistic that over 1,200 grass fires are attributed to littered cigarettes in NSW each year. Over 90 per cent of fines for littering from vehicles are issued for cigarette butts,” he said.

By reporting littering from motor vehicles to the EPA, members of the public are helping to reduce the burden of cleaning it up. To determine how to report other forms of littering visit - http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/pollution/wastelitter.htm.

“Let’s all do our part to stop Tossers. Litter damages our natural environments, harms wildlife and sea creatures, can injure people and makes our spaces less safe,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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