App-ier way to report litter bugs
SOUTH PERTH THERE are now 10,000 people officially registered as litter reporters – and No. 10,000 is from WA.
Keep Australia Beautiful chairman Mel Hay said the continued growth of the scheme over the past 10 years showed that West Australians were not prepared to tolerate littering in their community.
“I think if litterers know that other citizens are mindful of littering and are willing to go on the record to report it, perhaps they would do the right thing,” she said.
“This scheme enables people to speak up about litterers in a nonconfrontational way.”
The City of South Perth has welcomed the news and has been encouraging local residents to report littering and dumping using the council’s own application called Report It.
Report It can also be downloaded as a free app on Apple iTunes or Google Play so residents or visitors to the city can lodge a report, such as dumping of rubbish,” South Perth Mayor Sue Doherty said.
“The city discourages people from littering and offers a number of initiatives to encourage and educate residents and visitors to dispose of litter correctly.
“Rubbish bins are available in all city parks and reserves and the City’s Collier Park Waste Transfer Station is open year-round for residents to dispose of household refuse, garden waste and larger items,” she said.
In a bid to reduce illegal dumping of recyclable items, the City’s Waste Transfer Station accepts these items free of charge, if separated from general waste loads.
Verge-side collections are part of city’s waste services, with one hard waste and two green waste collections held annually.
Spring green waste collection is under way until September 19 and hard waste collection will occur from September 21 to November 14.
The city’s rangers and waste officers patrol for illegal dumping of litter and are authorised to issue notices and infringements when required.
For details about becoming a litter reporter, visit www.kabc.wa.gov.au
City of South Perth's newest employee, Chris Evans, helps to recycle goods at the South Perth transfer station.