EPA statewide Tosser Blitz

The EPA targeted tossers through a statewide Tosser Blitz over the 2017 Easter period.

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

Using a Tosser Blitz, the EPA intended to

  • reduce the amount of litter in NSW
  • remind litterers they can get fined anywhere at any time
  • tell everyone they can help reduce litter by reporting littering from vehicles
  • raise awareness of the litter laws

Although a Tosser Blitz was held for a set period, NSW Police, local councils and the EPA can issue fines for littering throughout the year. The EPA can also issue fines for littering from vehicles based on reports from members of the public.

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Why a Tosser Blitz is important

Recent research shows

  • only 22% of the community think they be caught for littering
  • few people realise fines can and will be issued for littering
  • 85% of the community agree the NSW Government should issue fines for littering.

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

Litter

  • damages the environment
  • harms wildlife and sea creatures
  • can injure people and make our surroundings more dangerous, for example, lit cigarette butts can start fires  
  • is very expensive to manage – more than $180 million a year is spent on cleaning up litter in NSW which could be spent on other vital public services   

More Tosser Blitzes to come

This was the latest in a series of Tosser Blitzes, where the EPA works in partnership with state and local government, and private and community organisations, on statewide campaigns to discourage the community from littering.

No littering, no fine

  • Don't be a tosser.
  • Put your rubbish in the bin or take your rubbish with you.
  • Carry a bag to safely transport and dispose of your rubbish.
  • There is no excuse for littering.

You will be fined if you are caught. On-the-spot fines of $80 can be issued for littering in public places. The fine for littering from a motor vehicle is $500 if a corporation owns the vehicle or $250 if a person owns the vehicle.

Litter enforcement campaigns are effective

The EPA assesses the success of littering enforcement campaigns by

  • measuring changes in the attitudes and behaviours of people to littering
  • monitoring these changes through regular independent research

From 2013 to 2015, NSW reduced its litter volume by 19% and number of littered items by 18% through a combination of

  • enforcement
  • education
  • investment in better infrastructure (like bins and signs)

Follow our useful tips to prevent littering everyday

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