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  • Hey Tosser - Put it in the bin
  • Hey Tosser - Put it in the bin
  • Hey Tosser - Put it in the bin
  • Hey Tosser - Put it in the bin
  • Hey Tosser - Put it in the bin
  • Hey Tosser - Put it in the bin

REPORT LITTERING FROM VEHICLES

If you see someone littering from their vehicle, you can report them to the EPA. Fines from $250 can be issued from your report.

To report littering from a vehicle you need to:

  • have actually seen the litter being thrown, or blown, from the vehicle
  • be able to provide the vehicle registration details and the location where the littering took place
  • report the incident within 14 days
  • make your report online

A new Don't be a Tosser campaign!

The new Don’t be Tosser campaign evolves the conversation with the community about litter. It builds on the Hey Tosser! approach from calling people out as tossers and moves the conversation to the individuals own responsibility for their litter. The campaign uses a range of excuses which are used as humour and irony of the types of excuses people use to justify their behaviour.

FACTS ABOUT LITTER

Each year, over 25,000 tonnes of litter is tossed in NSW1.

Litter damages our natural environments, harms wildlife and sea creatures, can injure people and makes our spaces less healthy. Cleaning up litter also costs taxpayers a lot of money.

  • The Dirty facts and impact of litter in australia
  • Take away containers can take from 10 to 450 years to breakdown
  • There are more than 5 rubbish itens per person on Australian beaches
  • 75% of marine litter is plastic and 59% comes from land sources
  • The disgusting truth about tossed cigarette butts
  • 4.5 trillion cigarette butts are littered every year on the whole planet
  • 7.2 billion cigarette butts are littered annually in Australia
  • Cigarette butts contain 43 known carcinogens such as ammonia, nitrogen dioxide, formaldehyde, hydrogen cyanide and arsenic
  • One hour is the time it takes for chemicals to leach from cigarette butts when in contact with water
  • Cigarette butt chemicals are toxic to small crustaceans and bacteria. The chemicals persist for at least seven days when littered in waterways

HOW TO HELP PREVENT LITTER

Simple ways you can help reduce litter:

  • Report littering from vehicles
  • Keep a bag in your car to collect rubbish and butts
  • Put cigarettes out and then put them in the bin
  • Encourage others to pick up their litter
  • Put rubbish in a bin or take it with you
  • Download a poster for your workplace or community centre
  • Help your local council with local litter projects

Litter prevention in action

PARTNERS

  • Transport
  • Service NSW
  • Roads & Maritime

HELPFUL CONTACTS

  • Clean Up Day
  • Keep Australia Beautiful
  • Keep NSW Beautiful
  • Responsible Runners
  • Take 3
  • Tangaroa Blue
  • Two Hands Project

The highest volume of littered items in nsw:

  • beverage containers
  • take away containers
  • domestic containers
  • print and advertising material
  • industrial containers
  • cigarette butts

Litter volume hotspots in NSW:

  • industrial sites
  • highways
  • car parks
  • residential areas
  • retail strips
  • shopping centres
  • beaches
  • recreational parks
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