Friday, 20 April 2018 13:34

Program targets litter bugs

WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali and Waste Education Officer, James Creer, with the Little Aussie Butt-lers promoting one of the new cigarette butt bins in Penrith. WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali and Waste Education Officer, James Creer, with the Little Aussie Butt-lers promoting one of the new cigarette butt bins in Penrith.

Western Sydney councils are calling on residents to help keep Western Sydney clean by properly disposing of cigarette butts.

The plea is part of a region-wide program to reduce cigarette butt litter in shopping strips.

President of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC), Cr Stephen Bali, said “Cigarette butts aren’t the only form of litter, but they are by far the most common – making up 54 percent of all littered items across Western Sydney[1].

“Each year, Western Sydney councils collectively spend $14 million managing litter[2], which is why we are working together with seven other councils to reduce litter rates across the region.

“Councils will be installing new cigarette butt bins at targeted locations to make it easier and more convenient for smokers to dispose of cigarette butts correctly.

“A team of street performers and education officers will be helping us to spread the word about the new bins so keep an eye out.

“Keeping the community clean by putting rubbish in the bin is everyone’s responsibility and we all have a role to play,” said Cr Bali.

“At the end of the day, it is the community who has to live with litter, and it is the community who ultimately foots the bill for the clean-up.

“The less councils need to spend picking up litter, the more money they can invest in other things such as road maintenance, community facilities and programs.

The program was developed as part of the Western Sydney Regional Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy with grant funding secured through the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC).

This is the second Western Sydney-wide project to tackle littering thanks to funding from the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA). The grant will allow councils to work closely together to maximise their impact on litter right across the region.

The program will run between March and July 2018, across a range of sites determined by each local council.

Participating councils include: Blacktown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, Hills, Liverpool, Parramatta and Penrith.

 

This project is proudly funded by the NSW Government.

[1] By count.

[2] Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils litter and illegal dumping baseline audit (2016). Available from: https://www.wsroc.com.au/projects/project-regional-waste/project-litter-and-illegal-dumping-baseline

 

Further information:

Hawkesbury Councillor Emma-Jane Garrow shares community education activities at Windsor (Facebook Video)

The Little Aussie Butt-lers out and about at North Parramatta (Facebook Video, Liveable Parramatta)

Blacktown Advocate: Western Sydney councils step up anti-smoking message (25 April, 2018)

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