Butts most littered item in WA
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.”