Litter - you know it's wrong
Why is it such a problem?
There are a number of reasons why the NSW Government and Council are committed to reducing litter.
- sharp items such as broken glass can injure people
- it can block drains and cause flooding
- wildlife can swallow or get tangled in litter
- it can encourage pests such as mice and rats
- tossed cigaratte butts can potentially start fires
- litter can make public spaces less attractive, resulting in reduced use by the general public and increased anti-social behavior
- cleaning up litter costs Council over $1 million every year
Did you know?
- Council cleans up 1.5 tonne of litter from parks, streets and public spaces every week
- Approximately 7200kg of litter is pulled from the Hawkesbury River every year
- The most common type of litter in Australia is discarded cigarette butts (7.2 billion annually)
- Cigarette butts pollute water and its chemicals are toxic to small crustaceans and bacteria
- Drink containers contribute the largest volume to the litter stream (45%)
- Around 50 million plastic bags enter the Australian litter stream every year
What you can do
- put your litter in the bin
- if there are no bins, take your litter home with you
- encourage others not to litter
- report littering from vehicles
- if you are a smoker, carry a personal ashtray or use litter bins to discard butts
- pick up after your dog
- take part in Clean Up Australia Day or some other clean up event
- after having a picnic use the bins provided or take your rubbish home with you
What Council is doing
Council is tackling litter by providing and maintaining litter bins and by collecting and disposing of litter through litter-picking, street sweeping and the installation and maintenance of Gross Pollutant Devices. To reduce the amount of litter at hotspots in the Shire, Council is using a four-pronged approach:
- Improved infrastructure and cleaning: litter hotspots across the Shire are being targeted for infrastructure upgrades as part of a street litter bin replacement program
- Raising community awareness and delivering education projects: selected litter hotspots are being sequentially targeted
- Enforcement: compliance officers continue to give warnings or fines
- Monitoring and reporting: litter audits and user perception surveys are being undertaken at hotspots
Council also supports Clean-up Australia Day, Clean4Shore and school education programs.
Councils and the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) have authority to issue on-the-spot fines for littering offences. Fines vary from $80 - $450.
Report littering from cars
If you see someone littering from a car, you can help us by reporting it. To report online, or to download the app, go to epa.nsw.gov.au
For more information visit epa.nsw.gov.au or call Council's Waste Hotline on 9847 4856.