Blitz on real tossers in the shire

Rouse Hill Times - - NEWS -

THE Hills Shire Coun­cil is wag­ing war on lit­ter­bugs, who could be fined up to $250 by rangers.

The coun­cil will be in­creas­ing the num­bers of rangers this month in a bid to stop “tossers” and cor­po­ra­tions found guilty of dump­ing lit­ter face fines up to $500.

A coun­cil spokes­woman said lit­ter was “worst around most of our sports­grounds on a week­end or af­ter train­ing nights, as well as around our shop­ping cen­tre precincts”.

The Environment Pro­tec­tion Au­thor­ity said a stag­ger­ing 25,000 tonnes of lit­ter was dumped across the state each year, al­though there had been a de­cline in vol­ume across all cat­e­gories ex­cept cig­a­rette butts.

The EPA said bev­er­age con­tain­ers, to be cov­ered by the NSW Con­tainer De­posit Scheme, made up 43 per cent of to­tal lit­ter vol­ume in 2015-16 and take­away con­tain­ers made up 24 per cent of lit­ter vol­ume, fol­lowed by do­mes­tic con­tain­ers (9 per cent), print and ad­ver­tis­ing ma­te­rial (8 per cent) and other non-CDS cov­ered bev­er­age con­tain­ers (6 per cent).

Cig­a­rette butts were the sin­gle most lit­tered item, rep­re­sent­ing about 33 per cent of all items.

The coun­cil wants to ed­u­cate res­i­dents against lit­ter­ing, with the cam­paign be­ing funded by the EPA. The Hills Mayor Yvonne Keane said the whole com­mu­nity must help to make the shire a cleaner place.

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