Friday, 08 December 2017 15:16

West to target cigarette butts

Cigarette litter in a public area. Cigarette litter in a public area.


WSROC has received a $148,155 NSW Government grant to reduce cigarette butt litter in shopping strips.

WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali said “This will be the second Western Sydney-wide project to tackle littering thanks to funding from the NSW Government.

“Each year Western Sydney councils spend a collective $14 million managing litter, and cigarette butts are the most commonly littered item – making up 54 per cent of littered items.

“The program aims to reduce cigarette butt litter through community education, increased enforcement activities, as well as by improving the provision of specialised bins in known hotspots.

“This grant will allow councils to work closely together to maximise their impact on litter across the region,” he said.

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

Minister for Western Sydney, Stuart Ayres said “The NSW Government’s goal is to reduce litter volume by 40 per cent by 2020 and these grants will help Regional Waste Groups and their member councils cut the amount of litter on their streets, in their parks and waterways.”

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

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