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  • Hey Tosser - Put it in the bin
  • Hey Tosser - Put it in the bin

REPORT LITTERING FROM VEHICLES

If you see someone littering from their vehicle, you can report them to the EPA. Fines from $250 can be issued from your report.

To report littering from a vehicle you need to:

  • have actually seen the litter being thrown, or blown, from the vehicle
  • be able to provide the vehicle registration details and the location where the littering took place
  • report the incident within 14 days
  • make your report online

STATEWIDE TOSSER BLITZ TARGETS LITTERING

The EPA is targeting littering from motor vehicles and in public places through a statewide Tosser Blitz over March and April.

The EPA is working with other state government agencies, local councils and companies including Woolworths and McDonalds on a large-scale, statewide behavioural change and enforcement campaign targeting drivers along major highways who throw litter on the roads.

USING BOTTLES TO TRACK THE MOVEMENT OF LITTER

The EPA will toss 40 GPS-tracked plastic bottles into harbours, rivers and lakes across the state to demonstrate how litter moves once it enters our waterways. This exercise will show people what happens to rubbish that is thrown thoughtlessly onto streets, highways and beaches or into waterways. Updates will be shared via Facebook.

FACTS ABOUT LITTER

Each year, over 25,000 tonnes of litter is tossed in NSW1.

Litter damages our natural environments, harms wildlife and sea creatures, can injure people and makes our spaces less healthy. Cleaning up litter also costs taxpayers a lot of money.

  • The Dirty facts and impact of litter in australia
  • Take away containers can take from 10 to 450 years to breakdown
  • Around 50 million bags enter the australian litter stream every year
  • There are more than 5 rubbish itens per person on Australian beaches
  • 75% of marine litter is plastic and 59% comes from land sources
  • 33% of the worlds turtles and 43% of seabirds have ingested plastics
  • 20% of wildlife entanglements are caused by plastics such as plastic bag straps
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  • The disgusting truth about tossed cigarette butts
  • 4.5 trillion cigarette butts are littered every year on the whole planet
  • 7.2 billion cigarette butts are littered annually in Australia
  • Cigarette butts contain 43 known carcinogens such as ammonia, nitrogen dioxide, formaldehyde, hydrogen cyanide and arsenic
  • One hour is the time it takes for chemicals to leach from cigarette butts when in contact with water
  • Cigarette butt chemicals are toxic to small crustaceans and bacteria. The chemicals persist for at least seven days when littered in waterways
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HOW TO HELP PREVENT LITTER

Simple ways you can help reduce litter:

  • Report littering from vehicles
  • Keep a bag in your car to collect rubbish and butts
  • Put cigarettes out and then put them in the bin
  • Encourage others to pick up their litter
  • Put rubbish in a bin or take it with you
  • Download a poster for your workplace or community centre
  • Help your local council with local litter projects

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Each year 25000 tonnes of rubbish is tossed in NSW

The highest volume of littered items in nsw:

  • beverage containers
  • take away containers
  • domestic containers
  • print and advertising material
  • industrial containers
  • cigarette butts

Litter volume hotspots in NSW:

  • industrial sites
  • highways
  • car parks
  • residential areas
  • retail strips
  • shopping centres
  • beaches
  • recreational parks