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How to report littering from a vehicle

If you see someone littering from their vehicle, you can report them to the EPA. Fines from $250 for an individual and $500 for a corporation can be issued from your report.

To report littering from a vehicle you need to

  • be 18 years of age or over or have your parent's or guardian's permission to report
  • have actually seen the litter being thrown, or blown, from the vehicle
  • provide the vehicle registration details and the location where the littering took place
  • report the incident within 14 days
  • use Report to EPA from your mobile or report online.

The first time you submit a report you will be asked to register. You will need to have your mobile phone with you so you can receive an SMS text message that will verify your registration details. 

You need to register to report, so we can be confident your contact details are correct. A fine may be issued based on your report, and we may need to contact you about  the report. Also, if the offender chooses to have the matter dealt with in court we will need to contact you, and you may be required to attend court as a witness.

Roadside litter is one of the most unnecessary and preventable environmental problems. Reporting littering from vehicles helps to raise awareness, reduce clean-up costs and keep NSW clean.

Safety first

Your health and safety are more important than reporting littering from a vehicle. Never use your mobile phone while driving. Pull over or ask a passenger to record the details. If recording the details affects your concentration or driving, wait until next time to report littering from a vehicle. If the occupants of a vehicle are littering, it is only a matter of time before this is observed and reported by another member of the public, the police or an enforcement officer.

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Page last updated: 17 January 2017