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Council litter grants

Program snapshot

Category: Round 3: NSW EPA Council Litter Prevention Grants

Amounts: Total funding of $1.5 million

Status: Now closed

Eligible bodies: NSW local councils

Contact: (02) 9995-5000 or

Managed by: NSW Environment Protection Authority


The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has opened Round 3 of the NSW EPA Council Litter Prevention Grants Program with $1.5 million of funding available to individual NSW councils as part of the five-year $465.7 million Waste Less, Recycle More initiative.

Litter grants funded by Waste Less, Recycle More support local councils to deliver litter prevention projects that answer their community needs. These projects play an important role in achieving long-term goal for litter reduction in NSW.

Round 3 of the NSW EPA Council Litter Prevention Grants Program will fund litter prevention projects that reduce the volume of litter and/or target NSW's most littered materials at litter hot spots.

Individual NSW councils can apply for grants of between $25,000 and $125,000 (excluding GST) to deliver projects that apply an integrated approach to litter prevention (comprising education, enforcement, infrastructure and evaluation strategies) and use the EPA-developed tools and resources (Hey Tosser! creative materials and the Local Litter Check).

Webinar for prospective grant applicants

The EPA has recorded a support webinar to help councils develop their applications, use the Local Litter Check, understand local and state litter priorities, set SMART objectives and design effective litter projects.

View and download a copy of the Round 3 NSW Council Litter Prevention Webinar recording (MP4 114MB).

More information about the grant

If you need assistance with your application or have questions, call (02) 9995-6878 or email

Past recipients

The NSW EPA Council Litter Prevention Grants Program began in 2013. Two rounds of the grant program have been completed across 38 NSW councils and seven Regional Groups of Councils to a value of $2.7 million - with excellent results.

Round 1 councils achieved an average reduction in litter in targeted sites of 68%. Round 2 councils achieved an average reduction in litter in targeted sites of 60%. Round 3 aims to build on the previous program success to support councils meet local and state priorities for litter. View project summaries below.

Round 1

Organisation Amount Project summary

Albury City Council


Albury City Council Litter Project

Targeting a 6-kilometre busy bike track between Barnawartha Creek and Dean St, Albury, this project will reduce litter through clean ups, installing bins, signage, community involvement and education to underline that littering is not accepted in Albury.

Case study (PDF 1.8MB)

Blacktown City Council


Artillery Crescent Shopping Precinct Seven Hills Litter Project

The Artillery Crescent Shopping Precinct in Seven Hills will be targeted for a litter reduction trial that aims to instil community pride and inform the design of a proposed precinct refurbishment.

Case study (PDF 2.4MB)

Canada Bay Council


Litter in the Bay

The 'Litter in the Bay' project aims to target behaviours associated with litter hotspot Cabarita Park. Park usage and littering is at its highest over the weekend, with cigarette butts, coal beads and bottle tops identified as top littered items

Case study (PDF 3.2MB)

Canterbury City Council


The Boulevard Lakemba Litter Prevention Project

To engage and collaborate with the community to clean and remove litter along The Boulevard shopping strip, Lakemba, between Haldon and Croydon Streets. Small litter items, such as drink containers, takeaway food wrappers and cigarettes will be targeted, plus larger milk crates and other dumped items.

Case study (PDF 1.6MB)

Cessnock City Council


Litter-free Roadsides in Cessnock

This project will tackle roadside litter along the key tourist routes of Wollombi Road and Wine Country Drive. The main behaviours to be addressed are throwing litter from vehicles and the added visual impacts of litter from roadside mowing.

Case study (PDF 939KB)

Hunters Hill Council


Gladesville Shopping Precinct Hey Tosser! Litter Improvement Program

This anti-litter education campaign in the Gladesville Shopping Precinct aims to change behaviours around littering broken glass, bottles and cigarette butts. The project will see new bins with education messages installed and engage local businesses and their staff in anti-littering behaviour.

Case study (PDF 544KB)

Lismore City Council


Heritage Park Litter Reduction: A Multi-target Approach

The popular Heritage Park in Lismore will be the focus of an anti-litter campaign that will encourage smokers to put butts in bins and set up designated smoking areas. Enforcement officers will patrol the park and talk to visitors, with signage and new recycling bins helping to ensure park users do the right thing.

Case study (PDF 3.4MB)



Penrith Litter Prevention Project: Mark Leece Oval and Ched Towns Reserve

The Penrith Litter Prevention Project aims to minimise food and drink packaging and cigarette butt litter at Ched Towns Reserve, Glenmore Park and Mark Leece Oval, St Clair. The project will target users of the fields to curb littering behaviour and encourage a greater sense of community responsibility for litter.

Case study (PDF 2.1MB)



Eastwood Litter Prevention

The litter prevention project focuses on Eastwood business strip and it most commonly littered items of cigarette butts, receipts, wrappers, toothpicks and fruit peels. This project will install signage in three different languages, install extra butt bins, beautify garden beds to discourage littering and repaint poles and amenities.

Case study (PDF 1MB)



King George's Paradise

This project will focus on an area next to the Peel River at King George V Avenue and a closed section of Scott Road (no through road). This project will develop new recreational infrastructure seating, bins, signage or fencing to tackle littering behaviour and frequency and foster community ownership of the area.

Case study (PDF 1.5MB)

The Hills Shire Council


Clean View

This project will target takeaway food and cigarette butt litter at Porters Lookout in Dural and will include education and signage, new bins for general waste and recycling and engagement with local schools and businesses.

Case study (PDF 1.8MB)

Uralla Shire Council


Uralla Shire Litter Program: Back to Basics Stage 1

This project will targeting littering in Bridge Street, Uralla, including Porter and Pioneer Parks. Activities will include installing waste infrastructure such as litter bins, replacement of signage and general maintenance and clean-up of the area.

Case study (PDF 1.8MB)

Wollongong City Council


CLAW = Clean Land and Water

The historic Wollongong Harbour/Blue mile area will be focus of this anti-litter campaign, engaging the many visitors, recreational fishermen and community members that enjoy the area. Targeting fishing tackle, bait bags and food packaging litter, the project will include a parent-child fishing competition, car park displays with litter education messages, new bins, enforcement and beautification of the area.

Wyong Shire Council


Terilbah Reserve: Phase 1

This project will target recreational 'fishers' at Picnic Point Reserve and Terilbah Reserve, The Entrance to reduce fishing related litter and its associated impacts. It will include bins, education and advertising

Case study (PDF 2.1MB)

Round 2

Organisation Amount Project summary

Bankstown City Council


We Like Our Park Litter Free

This project, at four recreational reserves and associated car parks, builds on the lessons learned from Bankstown's litter pilot programs and focuses on developing infrastructure, service standards and community education to reduce littering during peak usage on weekends.

Highlights will be an outreach program using pledges and rubbish bag give-aways to engage park users. The key audience will be families and community groups having picnics.

Bathurst Regional Council


Hey Tosser! Bathurst

Bathurst Council and Charles Sturt University in partnership will tackle litter at hotspots identified within Bathurst CBD and around the university. Working together to address the problem collaboratively, the project will include educational, infrastructure, community engagement, enforcement, measurement and monitoring at four major retail sites.

Blacktown City Council


Transient Tossers

This project addresses littering targeting two types of visitors to the area - truck drivers who use the Minchinbury Industrial Area as rest stops and people visiting major attractions in and around Reservoir Road, Prospect. The project has the support and participation of local businesses and retailers, including StarTrack Logistics, Aldi, Woolworths, Village Roadshow (owner of Drive In Blacktown) and Wet'n Wild Sydney. In particular, there will be an enforcement focus on litter from vehicles in combination with an enhanced education program.

Brewarrina Shire Council


Brewarrina Town anti-litter educational & enforcement program

Brewarrina Council has identified that littering along the Brewarrina town retail strip and surrounding park is a growing problem. This project will involve Hey Tosser! anti-litter signage throughout the hot spot areas along with an advertising campaign in the local newspaper. The council will also run a significant clean-up program with support and engagement from local schools, Brewarrina Aboriginal Land Council and the Brewarrina Fishing Club.

City of Canada Bay


Hey Tosser! - Bin your Butts

Canada Bay Council will target cigarette butt littering at two key retail precincts which have direct stormwater links and are close to the Parramatta River. Hey Tosser! Bin your Butts will include two different trial concepts for tackling litter in the two locations with the finding feeding into Canada Bay's litter strategy to tackle litter for the broader community. The project will target smokers and others users of the area who witness littering and will use a range of tactics to compare engagement and enforcement techniques. This will include infrastructure upgrades, butt litter bins and communication strategies to encourage people to do the right thing.

The City of Canterbury


Railway Parade Lakemba Litter Prevention Program

This project will build on community goodwill and the hard work of local residents to reduce litter in Lakemba. An active local litter action group partnered with the Canterbury Council to implement Round 1 of the Litter Prevention program. The aim is to engage and collaborate with the community to clean and remove litter along a small shopping strip, car parks, and recreational area and reserve. The sites were chosen to build on the earlier project and to continue to maintain the community goodwill and momentum.

Central West Local Government Alliance


Better Litter Outcomes for Travelling Stock Reserves in the Central West

This project will focus on travelling stock routes of Crown-owned land, managed by local land services and containing valuable biodiversity refuges and areas of significant cultural heritage value. Stock routes are often the only uncleared land for kilometres around and their popularity for camping and other recreational activities often means that littering is a problem. People fail to appreciate the environmental value of the sites and they litter because they think they can't be seen. This project aims to address those behaviours by educating users about the values of the sites and highlighting the adverse impacts of litter and the penalties that apply. It will use signage at each of the targeted sites and leverage the concept of 'the witness' as a behavioural deterrent by installing surveillance cameras.

Cooks River Alliance


Cooks River: Cutting the Litter

The Cooks River Alliance aims to reduce litter by delivering culturally appropriate, creative and locally relevant education, enforcement and community participation activities. The project brings together three councils, two community groups and the Ethnic Communities Council. Actions include: community pride events, clean-ups, tree planting, litter source investigations, drain infrastructure interventions and increased enforcement to reduce littering in Canterbury, Marrickville and Strathfield local government areas. It will target littering from cars, smokers and small businesses and engage Arabic, Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese and Hindi speakers.

Dubbo City Council


Dubbo Central Business District - Bin Your Butts and Bat for the Macquarie River

This project focusses primarily on reducing cigarette butt litter in Dubbo's CBD, highlighting the impact of litter on stormwater run-off draining into the Macquarie River. While the primary objective of the project is to change the behaviour of smokers, it will also address paper, paperboard, takeaway containers and glass litter in the CBD, drawing awareness of the broader problem. The project will combine community education and engagement, regulation and enforcement, clean-up programs and new infrastructure.

Eurobodalla Shire Council


Eurobodalla Public Retail and Car-Park Litter Reduction

This project aims to reduce litter and stormwater pollution in targeted public car parks and retail areas through community engagement, education, enforcement and improved infrastructure. Cigarette butts will be a primary focus, having been identified as the main litter items. There will be a clean-up at each site and new bins installed, where needed, to encourage responsible litter prevention behaviour.

Fairfield City Council


I Sustain - LOTS (Litter off the Streets) Campaign

This campaign will work in conjunction with the council's current 'Litter off the Streets' program and will focus on infrastructure, including the installation of bigger bins and new designated free standing cigarette butt bins. It will also include a strong educational component to deliver a healthier and more pleasant environment for the general community.

Hawkesbury City Council


Hey Tosser! in our car parks and Richmond main street

Three main hotspots have been identified in this project involving bin upgrades to replace the existing bins and the trial of ashtray models to encourage smokers to put their cigarettes out before putting them in the bin. Signage and posters will be installed at all three sites and an Enforcement & Compliance Officer will monitor littering and issue fines, each weekday, for one hour. The project will use Hey Tosser! branded advertising and material, including posters on bins and shopfronts, flyers, newspaper advertisements, outdoor banner, car stickers, litter display. There will also be a school poster to calendar competition and two public education events at the sites at the busiest time, Saturdays.

Holroyd City Council


No butts about Holroyd

Cigarette and chewing gum litter is a major issue in Holroyd, especially outside shopping malls and in retail strips and associated sitting areas. The target audience will include young people and adults from diverse cultural backgrounds who are smokers and/or gum chewers. A range of methods will be used, including signage, promotion of alternative disposal behaviours and community education. The community engagement and awareness strategy will include street theatre to raise awareness of littering and penalties, input from cultural and community organisations, local media promotion and strategic advertising.

Kiama Municipal Council


Kiama's Litter Hotspots Project

This project aligns with Kiama Council's Litter and Illegal Dumping Integrated Plan. It focuses on cigarette butt litter along the retail strips in Kiama and Gerringong and will involve the installation of new double bin enclosures (garbage/recycling) with integrated ash bins in each hotspot. A cigarette butt litter education campaign will be developed for retail strip workers, focusing on proper cigarette butt disposal, the harmful effects of butt litter to the environment and potential fines associated with butt littering. The project also includes the purchase of a mini street sweeper to be used at all retail strips within the municipality to enable the Council to improve the current level of cleanliness across a wider area.

Ku-ring-gai Council


Litter Free Wahroonga

To address littering in Wahroonga Village, this project will include five major elements. Community engagement and awareness will be raised through media and other visual campaigns. Business owners will be asked to engage with their customers to encourage the correct disposal. A thorough clean-up of the Village will be conducted and regular scheduled maintenance will ensure the site remains clean. The bin infrastructure will be upgraded with cleaner, close-lidded bins to minimise wind-blown litter, and signage will highlight the fines that can be imposed on litterers.

Kyogle Council


Kyogle Events Litter Prevention Project

Kyogle Council will tackle litter at six sporting and community sites, including the showground, amphitheatre, racecourses and several sports fields. Many of these sites host major public events, such as agricultural shows, gymkhanas, camp drafts, car rallies and horse racing carnivals which generate considerable litter. This program will make waste bins more visible to patrons, provide mobile waste bins where needed and skips with the 'Hey Tosser' branding as well as engage local sports clubs and community groups to promote the Hey Tosser! message.

Lithgow City Council


Lithgow Litter Prevention Program

Lithgow City Council will target cigarette butts and littering at roadside stops using education, community engagement, enforcement and new infrastructure. New lidded waste and recycling bins will be installed at roadside stops after Local Litter Checks identified wind and animals as a major cause of litter spread in these areas.

Maitland City Council


Litter Reduction Program

This project aims to reduce waste and empower the community to appropriately dispose of waste. Two sites will be targeted as examples of litter areas, with a larger focus promoting litter education across the entire local government area. The project will use signage, media and education materials and include the installation of new bins that are user friendly, highly visible and encourage good behaviour.

Manly Council


Manly Council Litter Prevention Program - targeting gum chewers

Manly Council will focus on chewing gum litter from locals and visitors who arrive by ferry and walk down The Corso toward Ocean Beach. A Local Litter Check identified large amounts of chewing gum on many of Manly's public walkways, especially business and shopping strips. This project will fund a gum removal machine to clean up the environment and discourage littering. As well as the new equipment, the project will include innovative education techniques such as 'gum targets' or 'gum boards' where gum chewers are invited to stick their gum on an engaging target board rather than create litter.

Muswellbrook Shire Council


Hey Tosser, Don't Rubbish Muswellbrook!

This project will tackle cigarette butts and littering from cars to address two key littering behaviours identified by Muswellbrook Shire Council. The campaign will include installing litter bins in the council-owned car park in the centre of town to deter cigarette butt littering and education to stop people throwing takeaway packaging out of car windows. The takeaway containers component addresses research that shows that the large amount of takeaway container litter along the highway around areas of major employment was a result of workers buying breakfast on their way to work and discarding the packaging out of the window rather than keeping it in the car to dispose of at work.



Roadside litter, 'blown not thrown'

This project aims to reduce litter from uncovered loads ending up on roadsides and parklands. NetWaste and participating councils will encourage residents accessing landfills and transfer stations to cover their load through an awareness and enforcement campaign to help make sure the rubbish ends up where it should and not on the road.

North East Waste


Litter Reduction and Prevention in the North East Waste Region

North East Waste will target cigarette butts, paper and plastic packaging in problem hotspots across member council areas. The project will target materials and locations identified as priorities through Local Litter Checks, including retail shopping strips. It will include installing extra bins, implementing the Hey Tosser! litter campaign; increased enforcement through effective signage, collaboration with local businesses and a community engagement activity based around an initial clean up using NE Waste contractors and performers.

Parramatta City Council


Zoom in on Cigarette Butt Littering in Parramatta

Parramatta City Council will partner with building owners and managers in the Parramatta CBD to address cigarette butt littering through infrastructure and education. The latest micro litter cleansing equipment will be bought to clean up cigarette butt litter in hotspots and a community education and awareness campaign will encourage people to use new butt bins installed around town. Stage one of a month-long media blitz will begin in October 2014 to coincide with the National Butt Free Day and will involve train station ad panels advertising, cigarette butt litter inspired public art, free personal ashtray giveaways, increased monitoring and frequent cleaning.

Port Stephens Council


Litter in Industrial Sites & Access Roads

This project will focus on litter at industrial sites in the Port Stephens local government area, addressing the issue of litter on access roads thrown from vehicles as people drive to and from work. Port Stephens Council will use an integrated approach that will start with a Local Litter Check to gather evidence and data, followed by community education and engagement, regulation and enforcement, infrastructure and clean-up activities.

RAMROC Riverina Waste Group


RAMROC Riverina - Terminate the Tosser

RAMROC Riverina's project will focus on litter around parks, shopping centres and roadsides, targeting people who don't understand the impact of litter and potentially don't see it as an issue. A number of areas will be targeted in the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area in a project that will involve a major advertising campaign and upgrades to make it easier to dispose of waste correctly. Key audiences will be seasonal workers, tourists and travellers.

Southern Councils Group


Southern Councils Litter Prevention Program

This regional program will raise community awareness of the problem of litter, influence people's choice to not litter and encourage them to dispose of their litter appropriately, using the Hey Tosser! material. It will run in conjunction with participating councils' local litter prevention programs and include print media, signage, posters and regional community engagement events. It builds on the success of the Southern Councils Regional Illegal Dumping Prevention Program, utilising established networks, partnerships, coordination and governance arrangements to implement, monitor and report on results.

Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (SSROC)


Trash Your Ash - A Picnic-Based Approach: Applying Resident Research to Charcoal Disposal Bin Solutions

SSROC plans to change the littering behaviours of portable charcoal barbecue users through an integrated approach. The project will involve capturing direct observational and qualitative data and ideas from park users and maintenance staff. A Local Litter Check baseline will be established and a purpose-built bin will be designed using the feedback. Nineteen bins will be rolled out at three popular parks as a pilot project and, if successful, SSROC and member councils will share the findings with other councils who service this litter type. The pilot may also be extended into a second round of charcoal bins.

Uralla Shire Council


Uralla Shire Council - Back to Basics Stage 2

Back to Basics Stage 2 will focus on identified hotspots in the Uralla Shire and build on the work undertaken in Stage 1, due to be completed in June 2014. The four parts to Stage 2 involve Hey Tosser! promotion, site clean-up with new infrastructure and signage, enforcement by council rangers and an evaluation at each site.

Wagga Wagga City Council


Hey Tosser!

Through this project, Wagg Wagga City Council will tackle the problem of roadside litter along two main arterial roads. Targeting drivers who litter from cars, the project will include a community clean-up of the target areas through the annual 'Clean Up Wagga Wagga Day' event held in August. Free car tidy bags will be given out at strategic locations, while community education will let people know about fines for littering from cars and ways they can report people they see littering. Council staff will deliver enforcement activities and a follow up with Local Litter Check, when the project is complete, will determine its success.

Wollongong City Council


Wollongong Council Litter Prevention Program

Wollongong City Council will target a number of popular coastal hot spots that generate litter on a daily basis and are used by locals and tourists alike. The project will support the Southern Councils Group regional initiative and highlight where litter goes to when it flows into the stormwater system after rains, which is on beaches where we swim. Promotions and activities will include media releases, signage, posters, enforcement and community events.

Wyong Shire Council


Expanding Litter Prevention (ELP) at The Entrance - Picnic Point and Terilbah Reserves - Phase 2

The continued partnership project between Wyong Shire Council and Take-3 will focus on prevention of fishing litter, cigarette butts and plastic items at specific areas within Picnic Point and Terilbah Reserves at The Entrance. The project will build on the success of the Round 1 Foreshore Fishing Focus at The Entrance and expand prevention activities to include cigarette butts and plastics. In addition it will develop specific local research on behaviours of all user groups.

The Litter- Regional Implementation Program (L-RIP)

The Litter- Regional Implementation Program (L-RIP) is a new council litter prevention support program to support the development and implementation of litter prevention plans identified in Regional Waste Strategies. All 15 Regional Waste Groups in NSW have applied and were successful in receiving $20,000 to begin regional planning for litter prevention.

More information about the Litter Prevention Program

Waste and Resource Recovery Branch
Litter Prevention Program
Phone: 1300 361 967

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Page last updated: 29 April 2016