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LIS­MORE City Coun­cil has ramped up its anti-lit­ter­ing cam­paign – crack­ing down on lit­ter­ing and en­cour­ag­ing res­i­dents to reg­is­ter with the NSW EPA to re­port lit­ter­ing of­fences from ve­hi­cles.

The coun­cil said: “The com­mu­nity tells us that they don’t like lit­ter­ing or lit­ter­ers. Re­search shows peo­ple are less likely to lit­ter if they think some­one is watch­ing.”

The Re­port to EPA ser­vice was part of a NSW State Gov­ern­ment anti-lit­ter­ing pro­gram and aimed to de­ter peo­ple from lit­ter­ing from ve­hi­cles by in­creas­ing the like­li­hood of be­ing seen, re­ported and fined.

Karen Rud­kin, Lit­ter Project Co­or­di­na­tor from North East Waste said: “The cam­paign sends a clear mes­sage that lit­ter­ing is un­ac­cept­able. Road­side lit­ter is one of our re­gion’s most un­nec­es­sary and pre­ventable en­vi­ron­men­tal prob­lems. Re­port­ing lit­ter­ing from ve­hi­cles helps to raise aware­ness, change be­hav­iour, re­duce clean-up costs and keep our com­mu­nity clean”.

“By reg­is­ter­ing to re­port lit­ter­ing from ve­hi­cles, you are part of the so­lu­tion to the is­sue of lit­ter. Each year over 25,000 tonnes of lit­ter is tossed in NSW. It costs coun­cil a con­sid­er­able amount of money to clean up so we want peo­ple to stop lit­ter­ing so we can use those funds for other ser­vices.”

So far, more than 25,000 re­ports of lit­ter­ing from a ve­hi­cle have been made and more than 16,000 fines have been is­sued by the EPA so far.

The coun­cil is a mem­ber of North East Waste, who are lead­ing the anti-lit­ter cam­paign through­out the North­ern Rivers, where there are cur­rently more than 450 peo­ple reg­is­tered to re­port lit­ter­ing from ve­hi­cles. The EPA can is­sue fines of $250 per per­son, $500 for a cor­po­ra­tion.

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