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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.