New fines in place to stop littering from vehicles
The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is warning people to think twice before tossing rubbish from their cars or trucks after new minimum $250 fines came into place, for verified reports from the public, for littering from vehicles.
The fines came into effect from March 1 and follow a month-long amnesty since the EPA introduced the new public reporting system for littering from vehicles on 1 February.
Since 1 February, 683 people have registered to use the new reporting system and the EPA has received more than 570 reports of littering via the new website and smartphone app portals.
The EPA's Director for Waste and Resource Recovery, Steve Beaman said it is encouraging to see such a strong response from the community already.
"The EPA is committed to reducing litter and the impact it has on our environment but we need the community's ongoing help to achieve this," Beaman said.
"By making a positive choice not to throw rubbish out of their car or truck in the first place and registering with the EPA to start reporting incidents of littering when you see it, members of the public can go a long way in helping the EPA stop littering in NSW."
"The environment is there for all of us to enjoy and we all have a responsibility to protect and look after it."
$20m toward litter prevention
In addition to the fines and reporting system the EPA has dedicated $20 million to litter prevention, education and enforcement programs across the state as part of the $465.7million Waste Less Recycle More initiative.
Reports of littering from vehicles can be made using either the EPA's updated Report Pollution app or via the portal on the EPA website.
Reports need to be lodged within 14 days of the incident and must include a range of information including; car registration and description, date, time, location and the type of littered item where possible.
All reports undergo a verication process before a fine is issued, and reporters may need to provide evidence in court. Motorists are advised not to use mobile phones illegally, or act dangerously to catch someone in the act.
Fines for littering from a vehicle range from $250 for an individual, $500 for a corporation, to $900 for aggravated littering such as lit cigarette butts during extreme conditions.
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