Blitz on real tossers in the shire
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.