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Council litter grants

Program snapshot

NSW EPA Council Litter Prevention Grants

Eligible bodies: NSW local councils

Contact: (02) 9995-5000 or litter.prevention@epa.nsw.gov.au

Managed by: NSW Environment Protection Authority

Round 1: NSW EPA Council Litter Prevention Grants
Amount awarded:
$402,630
Status: Completed 2014-15

Round 2: NSW EPA Council Litter Prevention Grants
Amount awarded:
$2.29 million
Status: Completed: 2014-2015

Round 3: NSW EPA Council Litter Prevention Grants
Amounts awarded:
$1.29 million
Status: Closed – Implementation July 2016 - June 2017

Litter-Regional Implementation Program
Amount awarded:
Stage 1. $300,000 / Stage 2. $1.2million
Status: Closed – Implementation July 2016 - June 2017

Aims

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has provided grants to local government under the EPA Council Litter Prevention Grants Program since 2014.

Litter grants are funded by the five-year $465.7 million Waste Less, Recycle More initiative. They support local councils to deliver litter prevention projects that answer their community needs. These projects play an important role in achieving long-term goals for litter reduction in NSW.

Grant projects apply an integrated approach to litter prevention, using education, enforcement, better infrastructure and evaluation tools. Grants use the EPA's Local Litter Check to measure results and Hey Tosser! litter campaign materials to educate the community.

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. Case studies for Round 1 councils are also below.

Round 1

Organisation Amount Project summary

Albury City Council

$25,000

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

$30,000

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

$30,000

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

$30,000

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

$22,630

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

$25,000

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

$25,000

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

$25,000

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)

Ryde

$30,000

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)

Tamworth

$30,000

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

$30,000

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

$25,000

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

$25,000

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

$25,000

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

$124,585

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

$93,000

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

$90,000

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

$10,850

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

$26,026

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

$50,000

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

$45,521

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

$110,500

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

$48,420

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

$29,820

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

$78,000

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

$90,630

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

$77,010

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

$124,430

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

$72,943

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

$65,000

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

$50,000

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

$28,055

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

$90,000

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

$25,000

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.

NetWaste

$64,850

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

$69,610

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

$123,642

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

$60,000

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

$60,000

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

$93,000

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)

$124,990

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

$122,516

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

$26,600

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

$105,000

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

$117,000

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.

Round 3

Organisation Amount Project Summary
Albury City Council $31,494 Hey Tosser! Keep Albury Clean

This project will target takeaway, beverage, and cigarette butts littered at selected shopping centre car parks by educating the community of the impact of litter ending up in local waterways including the Murray River. The Project will use a mix of education, installation of waste and butt bins, ranger training and patrols, and partnership with key takeaway shops and cigarette vendors. The project will promote the EPA reporting App, and include ranger enforcement training. The project will partner with the RAMROC L-RIP litter grant process.
Canterbury-Bankstown Council $58,100 Tackling Takeaway Litter in Bankstown

This project will target takeaway wrappers and beverage container litter at carparks around Bankstown. The Project will use a community based social marketing approach, including prompts and pledges to encourage greater community engagement with the problem of littering. Partnerships will be explored with key takeaway outlets to promote anti-littering messages. The project will also promote the use of the EPA reporting App. Bins will be trialled in carparks to allow for waste disposal from cars.
Canterbury-Bankstown Council $92,000 Litter Management in Campsie through CBSM

This project will utilise a Community Based Social marketing (CBSM) approach and establish community anti-litter groups to target littered hotspots. The core component will be to use face-to-face interaction, pledges, consultation and community participation to engage the community. The project will use Hey Tosser materials to educate the community, providing a range of signage, social media use, interactive displays and cues. The project will focus on clean-up of hot spot sites, notably graffiti and gum removal. The need for additional bins and correct placement and butt bins will be assessed. The project will promote litter fines and partner with Teracycle to collect cigarette butts for recycling.

Blacktown City Council $125,000 All Eyes on Blacktown

This project will target littering on 13 main arterial roads that lead in and out of Blacktown city. The project will engage local business and stakeholders to include signage on their property; as well as strategic signage and banners along roadways, bus shelters and on waste bins. The Project will run community events to educate and encourage positive behaviour. Waste bins will be upgraded along roadways. Letter box drops will also be used to educate the community on littering and promote the EPA reporting app. A litter enforcement officer will also be employed to establish an enforcement presence along the key roadways.

Camden Council $43,900 Cleaner Car Parks at Sporting Grounds

The project will target litter at sporting ground car parks. It will assess the required bins, including positioning, upgrades or new waste bins. The Project proposes to install gates to ensure after-hours access is restricted to reduce littering at these times. The project will look to engage local sporting groups to promote campaign messaging at sporting matches, including the promotion of the EPA reporting App.

City of Canada Bay $38,100 Back of Business – putting litter in its place

It will recruit and champion businesses to encourage others to participate. The project will work with businesses to identify strategies and solutions at the start of the project and link with the Council BINTRIM program to address bin issues. Information will be provided to business regarding the correct use of bins and creative engagement techniques employed to increase community pride and awareness. The educational campaign will be supported by correct infrastructure and improved cleaning, as well as an enforcement element using litter fines and clean-up and prevention notices.

Coffs Harbour City Council $26,390 Gallows Beach Carpark Litter Reduction Pilot Project

This project aims to reduce litter at Gallows Beach car park and prevent litter making its way into the ocean. The project will target takeaway and beverage containers, and cigarette butt litter. Two big belly solar bins will be installed and a cigarette butt bin. Hey Tosser material will be used to educate site users. Council staff will conduct an enforcement blitz to provide information to users and encourage and reward correct disposal. Promotions will be conducted on social media and partnerships with a local board rider’s organisation will be established.

Eurobodalla Shire Council $59,350 Eurobodalla Uncovered Loads Roadside Litter Reduction Initiative

This project aims to reduce litter from vehicles’ unsecured loads travelling on major roads. The project will educate tradespeople and specifically drivers and passengers of open tray vehicles and trailers about preventing roadside litter. Roadside clean-ups will be undertaken, as well as education visits to building sites, waste management facilities and industrial centres. Incentives will be offered including tray covers and stowable and durable litter/recycling bags. The project will also feature an education campaign via local media and an enforcement blitz by local rangers. Mobile road-side messaging and signage as prompts will also be incorporated.

The Hills Shire Council $65,000 Clear Reflection

This project aims to minimise the impact of littering on the flora and fauna within the Norwest Business Lake (within the Norwest Business Park). The project will improve infrastructure and signage, and provide website and social media information and formal correspondence to leading building companies and certifiers. Council rangers will also increase enforcement of the area to target littering behaviour.

Cumberland Council $50,545 Hey You! Bin Your Butts!

This project will target cigarette butt litter in 3 retail and car park sites. The project will build on a previous campaign run by the council - No Butts about Holroyd. The project will install strategically placed butt bins with targeted signage. There will be onsite education and street theatre to target smokers, distribution of branded personal butt bins and partnership with local business.  A litter enforcement officer will also be engaged to promote campaign messages and applicable fines.

Kempsey Shire Council $125,000 LOTS (Litter Off the Streets)

This Project will look to develop litter reduction areas in two key areas- south and west Kempsey. The project will establish a partnership approach to deliver community education and clean-ups with more local enforcement and infrastructure. Partnerships will include local community representatives, Aboriginal elders, PCYC and litter champions as well as engagement with local business, workers, visitors and residents.

Penrith City Council $30,000 Penrith Litter Prevention Project Part 2 -  Nepean Hospital surrounds

This Project aims to reduce the level of food/drink packaging and cigarette butt litter throughout the pedestrian throughways and along the adjacent road verges near key access/egress points surrounding the Nepean hospital. The project will use Hey Tosser signage and installation of bins to target passing pedestrian traffic and hospital staff to curb littering behaviour.

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council $116,000 Port Macquarie Litter Prevention and Education Program

This Project aims to target litter and littering behaviour in the main population centre of Port Macquarie. The main focus of the project will be an education and awareness campaign, including a refocus on enforcement through ranger engagement: first warnings then issuing of fines in the latter part of the campaign. The project will install new bins as required, to complement an existing project aimed at renewing older bins.

Port Stephens Council $80,000 Cleaner Spaces - Positive Places

This project will target litter at two main road sites leading to industry and tourist destinations. The project will build on Round 2 project activities including: training rangers; installing in-car dash cam cameras in ranger vehicles; in-car litter bag handouts; Hey Tosser signage and banners at key sites; periodic clean-ups; media campaigns; door knocking; enforcing patrols and mail outs. The project will focus heavily on building partnerships with key business and community stakeholders to support the campaign.

Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council $87,575 Clean waterways in Jerrabomberra

This Project aims to tackle litter at specific sites around Lake Jerrabomberra in order to stop litter entering into the waterways. The Project will develop partnerships with community groups to run education and awareness campaigns, information workshops, and sponsored-clean up days. An enforcement blitz will be conducted by rangers. Hey Tosser campaign material will be displayed in Jerrabomberra Commons and the community centre, and brochures distributed to residents.  Eight new eco bins with photographic panels will be installed at hot spots as well as drainage grates to ensure rubbish does not enter waterways.

Randwick City Council $125,000 Litter Campaign

This project will target litter at foreshore and car parks at Maroubra and Coogee beaches.  The project will undertake site clean-ups at project inception, installation of signage along bin cages, railings and walkways leading to sites. Face-to-face engagement of site users as well as ranger engagement will increase during the weekends to promote campaign messages. The campaign will also be promoted through existing council communication channels, bus stops and local newspapers.

Waverley Council $92,000 Bondi Unwrapped

This project proposes to purchase an on-street bin cleaner to enhance the appearance of bins to encourage users to correctly dispose of waste. The project will also strategically install butt bins at hot spot locations. Hey Tosser campaign messaging will be used at hot spot sites, and rangers will undertake education within the community about littering. The Project will continue work already started, promoting the community to report litterers.

Wollondilly Shire Council $43,871 Warragamba is our Home

This project aims to encourage residents and visitors to Warragamba dam to be more aware and active towards litter, especially along the approaching roads. The project will encourage regular volunteer clean-ups. Hey Tosser materials will be used to promote the impact of litter on the area, with promo giveaways used at the annual Damfest. The EPA reporting App will be promoted. Partnerships with local business will also be used to promote campaign messages.

Litter- Regional Implementation Program (L-RIP)

The Litter- Regional Implementation Program (L-RIP) is a council litter prevention support program for 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. Grants have now been awared to all 15 Regional Waste Groups to implement litter prevention plans.

Organisation Amount Project Summary
Canberra Region Joint Organisation $84,000 Hey Tosser! Reducing Littering From Vehicles

This project targets littering from vehicles by increasing the capacity of road users to report littering by informing the community to report littering to the EPA. The program in the first year will focus on reducing littering from vehicles from visitors in the summer holidays. A regional roadside clean-up will occur prior to promoting the message 'Hey Tosser!' through roadside banners. Promotional activities will occur during peak holiday periods. Major routes used by tourists such as the Monaro, Princes, Kings and Snowy Mountains Highways will be targeted alongside key exit and entry points at major townships of Yass, Goulburn, Young and Crookwell.
Midwaste $110,000 Pilot Program: Clean-up and Awareness Campaign for Arterial Roads and Highway Service Centres

This project addresses takeaway containers, drink containers and plastic littered on arterial roads identified as the highest priority in the MIDWASTE 2016-2021 Regional Litter Plan. It will establish partnerships with centre management and businesses at highway service centres located at the junction between the Pacific Highway and arterial roads leading to major towns in the region. Site clean-ups and litter counts will be undertaken at the service centres and at selected monitoring sites on the arterial roads. Signage will be installed on the arterial roads and a range of educational activities will be undertaken at the service centres.
NetWaste $125,000 Don't Rubbish Our Recreational Parks

This project will be a pilot project focusing on behaviour change of users of recreational areas within eight council areas in the region to prevent litter.  This project will implement council specific strategies and then evaluate them to identify the most successful approaches for litter reduction. This will then be used to engage the broader NetWaste member councils. Each council will focus on one park, lookout or riparian area and work with existing community groups and encourage community members to get involved in clean-ups. Included in the baseline data component of the project is a detailed cost analysis of litter in the selected recreational area. This will allow councils to build a business case for a greater focus on litter prevention in the future rather than continual clean-up.

North East Waste $80,000 Roadside Litter Campaign

This multi-faceted project will use both enforcement and clean-up as well as community engagement and education to reduce litter along roadsides. A media campaign will be launched through local radio, print and social media to encourage people to register to report littering from vehicles to the EPA. The campaign will be supported by face-to-face engagement of the public to help increase this target.  Council networks and councils' visual mobile signs will be used. In consultation with council staff, three sites between towns will be selected on arterial roads that approach major highways.  Data will be gathered at each site prior to the launch of the campaign. To gauge the project impact on litter reduction at the hotspots, the number of incidents reported and the number of people who register to report will be evaluated.

Northern Inland Regional Waste $88,000 Recreational Parks Infrastructure Project

The recreational parks infrastructure project will commence in 2016-2017 and is expected to continue each year to 2021. This project will identify one high-use recreational park with litter issues in at least six local government areas, and these will receive clean-ups, infrastructure improvements and service improvements complemented by media and community engagement activities. Rangers will undertake litter enforcement training provided by the EPA. The project involves conducting a Local Litter Check for baseline data at each site, and reviewing infrastructure and servicing to determine improvements required. Conducting site clean-ups and implementing infrastructure and service changes which may include improving bin numbers/placement/type, including consideration of butt bins, improving bin cleansing program, adjusting service frequency, installing litter signage, media campaign focused on littering in parks/reserves (free council media plus TV advertising utilising local imagery and messaging), enforcement and community engagement activities, including links to Clean Up Australia Day.

RAMROC Murray $35,000 Less Litter, Better Life

This project involves the use of advertising to raise awareness of how to report littering from a vehicle to the EPA. This project aims to raise public awareness via a media campaign via flyers, signage, posters and on radio stations across the region.

RAMROC Riverina $35,000 Keep Our Roadside Litter Free

This project involves six waste depots targeting litter on the roadsides 250 metres leading to waste depot entrances. The participating councils and other groups agreed that the roadsides leading to waste depots was a hotspot that should be tackled. The project involves a series of elements at the primary waste depot in each local government area. This project will involve conducting a Local Litter Check audit of the sites to determine the quantity of litter before the project commences; a clean-up of the designated areas; providing a ‘Hey Tosser’ education campaign including brochures, advertising and signage; and conducting a final Local Litter Check audit of the sites to determine the quantity of litter at the finalisation of the project.

Riverina Eastern Regional Organisation of Councils $35,000 Stop! Before You Drop - Reducing Litter on Regional Roads

This project focuses on regional roads and littering from cars. This project encourage people to wait until they stop to dispose of their litter. It will focus on public toilets identified as frequently used by travellers where Hey Tosser! signage will be displayed and additional bin infrastructure will be provided. Member councils will audit their existing bin infrastructure that services travellers to ensure that it meets their needs. Car tidy bags will be made available through local service stations, tourist information centres and takeaway locations in each local government area. The project also aims to identify other locations in each local government area where car tidy bags can be made available. The project will be supplemented by radio advertising targeting drivers travelling through the region. In addition, the target market will be encouraged to report littering from vehicles to the EPA.

Hunter Councils Group $49,865 Recreational Parks: Improve Infrastructure/Litter Management Practices

This project will support Hunter regional council staff to review and improve infrastructure development including litter measurement and enhanced community engagement at nominated high use recreational parks. This project will encourage users of recreational parks to take responsibility for disposing of bottles and takeaway packaging appropriately using the infrastructure provided, rather than littering and assuming it will be cleaned up by someone else. The focus will be on people using targeted council owned and managed recreational facilities for sporting, social and community activities by developing partnerships and working collaboratively with stakeholders, community groups, local residents and businesses. Coupled with the use of targeted education programs, improved infrastructure, signage and enforcement deterrents, this project will function as a pilot case study for the region to reduce the volume of litter in at least one targeted high use recreational park in each council area by 2019/20.

Illawarra Pilot Joint Organisation $71,060 Highway and Main Roads Litter Reduction

This project aims to reduce the volume of takeaway food and beverage packaging littered on highways and major arterial roads across the Illawarra, Shoalhaven and Wingecarribee region. Local Litter Checks will be conducted on nominated road sites including on/off ramps in each local government area to establish the volume of litter at each site. Each council will engage with the relevant quick service restaurants and their customers. The project will use mobile signage on highways, posters, car litter bags and radio using the ‘Hey Tosser!’ message and promote reporting littering from vehicles to the EPA.

Macarthur Regional Organisation of Councils $35,000 Project Building Solutions

This project will focus on the reduction of the volume of containers, takeaway wrappers and coffee cup litter ‘leaking’ from building sites in suburban areas and residential roads across MACROC. This will be achieved through educating and enforcing litter compliance on building sites. MACROC, council rangers and consultants will work together on this project. Building site employees will be asked to use bins and skips on building sites. Warnings and penalties will be given to repeat offending building sites.

Northern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils $108,400 Regional Litter Volume Reduction Program for Recreational Parks and Sports Fields

An engagement and enforcement program aiming to reduce the volume of littered items found at sports fields and recreation parks by building partnerships with, athletes, sporting clubs, community groups and regular uses of park facilities. Litter infrastructure will be reviewed and new infrastructure provided as required taking on feedback from project partners. Positive anti-litter behaviours will be sought from members of partnering sporting associations and park hirers. Prompts will be provided to remind the public to do the right thing with their waste. Councils will undertake review and enforcement of park hire policies across the region.

Shore Regional Organisation of Councils $68,600 Litter Reduction Along Major Arterial Entry Roads

This project targets litter on roads through signage at transport hubs which raises awareness that the community can report littering from vehicles to the EPA. Transfer stations users will also be reminded to cover their loads to avoid fines and reduce roadside litter.

Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils $140,000 Bus Stop Litter Data Baseline and Stop! Bus Stop Litter

The first part of this project will quantify the extent and types of litter discarded at transport interchanges and bus stops associated with town centres, along with associated litter behaviour, utilising Local Litter Checks, observational methods and other assessment tools. Findings from this research will inform litter prevention approaches in Stop! Bus Stop Litter project. This project will design and deliver a litter reduction program incorporating infrastructure, education and enforcement to reduce litter at bus transport interchanges associated with town centres. Local Litter Checks will be used to monitor the project. An education and engagement plan will be designed to respond to the key issues identified. This will include rangers and waste enforcement officers in helping to educate transport users. The outcomes and evaluation will be shared with other SSROC councils to encourage targeted, place-based approaches to litter prevention.

Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils $139,828 Driver Education: Fines Apply For Littering

This project targets littering on arterial roads in the WSROC region. It will involve multiple stakeholders such as Roads and Maritime Services and neighbouring councils. This project aims to increase awareness of local residents that littering from vehicles is illegal, encourage witnesses to report littering behaviour to the EPA and to increase the perception of getting caught. This will be achieved using a high profile campaign that involves media saturation using ‘Hey Tosser!’ and anti-litter messaging for a short duration, followed by an enforcement blitz at key locations where media placement is prominent. Local resident awareness of the issues will be measured before and after the campaign and with in-depth focus group research, and reports of registrations, reports and penalties issued as a result of the campaign. Local Litter Checks will also be used to determine the project’s impact on roadside litter.

More information about the Litter Prevention Program

Waste and Resource Recovery Branch
Litter Prevention Program
Phone: 1300 361 967
Email: litter.prevention@epa.nsw.gov.au

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