Butts most lit­tered item in WA

The Advocate (Perth) - - NEWS -

WEST Aus­tralians are be­ing urged to re­port lit­ter­bugs and po­ten­tial fire bugs, who il­le­gally flick cig­a­rette butts out of ve­hi­cle win­dows.

The State Gov­ern­ment crack­down is a bid to stop the anti-so­cial be­hav­iour af­ter it was an­nounced that cig­a­rette butts were the most lit­tered item in WA, mak­ing up 29 per cent of the lit­ter stream.

En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Stephen Daw­son said he was keen to see peo­ple sign up as Keep Aus­tralia Beau­ti­ful lit­ter re­porters.

He said dis­carded cig­a­rette butts were re­spon­si­ble for start­ing hun­dreds of land­scape and mulch fires across the State ev­ery year, with 2030 road­side fires caused by the butts over the past four years. Cig­a­rette butts could also harm the wa­ter­ways and ma­rine life and were of­ten found in the stom­achs of sea birds, tur­tles and fish, and those who lit­tered them could be fined up to $500.

“Waste re­duc­tion is a pri­or­ity for the Gov­ern­ment and we have al­ready made progress with ini­tia­tives such as the pro­posed ban on plas­tic bags,” Mr Daw­son said.

“As well as a sig­nif­i­cant prob­lem, we know that dis­carded cig­a­rettes start fires.

“Let’s make a stand on this ir­re­spon­si­ble and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour.

“If you see some­one throw­ing a cig­a­rette butt out of their car, re­port it.”

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