How to report littering from a vehicle
Reporting litter from a vehicle
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.
Your health and safety are more important than reporting littering from a vehicle. If you are driving, 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 authorised officer.
You must have seen it
To report littering from a vehicle, you must have observed the litter being discarded or blown from the vehicle. Seeing litter next to a vehicle and assuming that it came from that vehicle is not sufficient for a valid ‘littering from a motor vehicle’ report.
Reporting roadside litter
If you didn’t see the litter being thrown from a vehicle, you can still report roadside litter:
- To report roadside rubbish on major roads and highways phone Roads and Maritime Services on 131 700.
- To report roadside rubbish on local roads contact your local council.
Report within 14 days
Your report must be submitted within 14 days of observing the littering from a vehicle.
Registering your details
The first time you submit a report you will be asked to register your name and contact details with the EPA. 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 your details with the EPA because if your report is verified, the registered owner of the vehicle will receive a penalty notice, imposing a fine, and you are a witness to the offence of littering from a motor vehicle.
The EPA may need to contact you about your report, or if the person who receives the penalty notice elects to have the matter heard in court. If the matter goes to court, you may be required to attend court as a witness to the offence.
Your details will not be given to the driver of the vehicle, or anyone outside the EPA, unless the person who receives the penalty notice elects to have the matter heard in court. If you are required to attend court as a witness your details will be made known to the court and the defendant.
You only need to register your details once. Next time you log in you will be directed straight to the reporting form.
Information needed to make a report
You will be asked to provide the following information about the littering:
- Vehicle registration details
The vehicle registration number and state of registration help us locate the registered owner of the vehicle. The EPA cannot act on reports about vehicles registered in Western Australia, the Northern Territory or Tasmania.
- Description of the vehicle
Details about the vehicle such as make, model, colour and type of vehicle help us confirm if the vehicle has been correctly identified.
Provide the street and suburb where the littering from the vehicle took place.
- Date and time
The date and time the littering from the vehicle was observed must be included in the report.
- Details about the litter
Please note what type of litter was ejected, where it was ejected from, how it was ejected and by whom (e.g. a passenger or driver, male or female).
If your report is validated, and the vehicle description you provided in your report matches the vehicle’s registration details, the registered owner of the vehicle will receive a penalty notice from the State Debt Recovery Office, imposing a fine.
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Page last updated: 13 April 2015