Keep an eye out for tossers

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Seen some­one throw­ing a cig­a­rette butt or sweet wrap­per from their car? Now you can do some­thing about other peo­ple’s an­ti­so­cial habits.

The En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Author­ity’s Hey Tosser cam­paign which is on at the mo­ment, is en­cour­ag­ing the pub­lic to re­port lit­ter thrown from ve­hi­cles onto lo­cal streets. “We want to in­spire ev­ery­one to put their rub­bish in a bin or take it with them,” said a spokesman.

As part of the Hey Tosser Cam­paign, Ku-ring-gai Coun­cil is en­cour­ag­ing lo­cal res­i­dents to use the Re­port to EPA sys­tem to re­port lit­ter­ing from ve­hi­cles, such as cig­a­rette ends.

Over 26,000 peo­ple across NSW have used the EPA re­port­ing sys­tem to re­port in­ci­dents of lit­ter­ing from ve­hi­cles in the last two years. And, says the EPA, hav­ing lo­cal res­i­dents no­tify them about lit­ter­bugs “sends a strong mes­sage that lit­ter­ing isn’t tol­er­ated and if you lit­ter, you’ll get caught.”

To re­port lit­ter­ing from a ve­hi­cle you need to:

have ac­tu­ally seen the lit­ter be­ing thrown from the ve­hi­cle

be able to pro­vide the ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tion de­tails and the lo­ca­tion where the lit­ter­ing hap­pened

re­port the in­ci­dent within 14 days make your re­port on the EPA web­site

be will­ing to at­tend court as a wit­ness if re­quired.

If you see a rub­bish tosser, re­port the a lit­ter­ing in­ci­dent at: www.epa. nsw.gov.au/re­port­toepa.

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