Monday, 10 April 2017 17:19

Spot a tosser this Easter road trip

Passenger littering from car window along a rural road. Passenger littering from car window along a rural road. NSW EPA

Media release, 10 April, 2017

 

Families from across Sydney will hit the road this Easter holiday period. While enjoying winding roads, rolling hills, and beautiful beaches, spare a moment to join the fight against roadside litter.

Recent research by the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) found Western Sydney councils spend around $14 million picking up litter every year; making it a huge cost to the community.

WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali said “Not only is litter unpleasant, it can increase risk to other road users and, in the case of cigarette butts, cause dangerous grass fires.

“As a major thoroughfare to a range of holiday destinations, Western Sydney will prepare for increased incidences of litter this holiday period – and many other local areas will do the same,” he said.

“Western Sydney councils have teamed up with Roads and Maritime Services, and the NSW EPA, to run coordinated enforcement activities and roadside litter pick-ups throughout the holiday period,” said Cr Bali.

“Community members can also help catch litters thanks to a new online tool from the EPA. Once registered on Report to EPA, all that’s needed are vehicle details and where the littering incident took place.

“Successful reports will result in a fine of up to $900 being issued, and it will be up to the litterer in question to defend their actions if they choose to contest the fine,” he said.

“Your report will make a difference. Together we can send a strong message that wherever you are, if you litter, you are likely to be caught.

“Of course, safety should be first priority. It is unlawful for drivers to use a mobile phone whilst driving. If you have a passenger in the car ask them to record the details for you, or report the incident once you have reached your destination,” said Cr Bali.

“By working together there is more chance than ever that litterers will be caught,” he said. To learn more and register visit: http://bit.ly/ReportEPA 

 

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Media contact: Kelly-Anne Gee, 02 9671 4333 (ext. 118), 0425 871 868 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

Related content: 

Western Sydney Regional Litter Plan 2016 - 2021

WSROC news story: Innovative partnership tackles roadside litter

WSROC news story: WSROC’s leadership on litter recognised

WSROC news story: West throwing away $14 million each year

WSROC project: Western Sydney Litter and Illegal Dumping Baseline

WSROC project: Western Sydney Regional Litter Program

 

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