Dob in lit­ter of­fend­ers

The Tatura Guardian - - News -

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, vis­it­ing­portlit­ter or by phon­ing 1300 372 842.

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