App-ier way to re­port lit­ter bugs

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News -

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.

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