Dob in litter offenders
The Environment Protection Authority Victoria is encouraging Victorians to contribute to a better environment by reporting those who litter streets, beaches and roads.
EPA chief executive officer Nial Finegan said the new year was the perfect opportunity to kick-start EPA’s public awareness campaign to help reduce litter from motor vehicles.
‘‘There is no excuse for littering anywhere under any circumstances,’’ he said.
‘‘Not only does litter end up in our waterways and harm the environment, but it can pose great risk during heightened bushfire danger periods.’’
Mr Finegan said those caught littering from their vehicles faced a $295 fine, or a $590 fine for lit cigarettes.
He said Victorians were fed up with people littering their state.
With the help of the community, EPA issued 12 859 fines last financial year.
‘‘More than 85 per cent of the $4 million in fines issued were for cigarettes being thrown from vehicles. Other fines included the littering of food packaging, drink containers and other small items,’’ Mr Finegan said.
The EPA and many Victorians were serious about tackling litter.
‘‘To date, more than 60 000 Victorians have signed up to report litter to EPA,’’ he said.
‘‘We need to stop litter where it starts and drive a strong message that you will be caught and fined.’’
People can report litter by downloading the app in the Apple or Google app stores, visiting www.epa.vic.gov.au/reportlitter or by phoning 1300 372 842.