Eligible bodies: NSW local councils, Regional Waste Groups, community groups, business and other government agencies.
Contact: (02) 9995-5000 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Managed by: The NSW EPA
Status: Round 1 Cigarette Butt Litter Prevention Grant applications closed on 28 July 2020
The program aims to reduce cigarette butt litter and littering behaviour in NSW by supporting stakeholders to deliver local cigarette butt litter prevention projects that answer local needs and contribute to achieving NSW goals in long-term litter reduction.
Round 1 recipients
|Mt Druitt Dawson Mall Blacktown WSLHD||$20,000||
Mount Druitt Dawson Mall Butt Litter Prevention - 4 sites
|North Sydney Council||$40,000||North Sydney Butt Litter Prevention Project - 7 sites
Council has recently resolved to prohibit smoking within the North Sydney CBD and to incorporate places where smokers can be directed to smoke.
These places included above are areas where smokers are to be accommodated in order for the ban in the entire CBD to be successful. Each place requires bins and signage permitting smoking as well as area signage in the surrounding streets to direct smokers there.
Currently smokers are using these areas and the litter from these smokers is obtrusive and highly visible in all of these areas. Drainage for all locations is directed to Sydney Harbour and the minimisation or hopefully, the elimination of litter ingress into our drains from these locations is vital.
The provision of appropriately designed and identified bins at each site, which currently are not in place, is imperative to addressing the ambivalent attitude of smokers towards their litter. The aim is to create attitudinal change and buy-in form smokers to keep these locations clean and litter free by improving infrastructure and gaining ownership from smokers towards keeping these areas clean without the essential intervention of Council cleaning staff.
|Positive Change for Marine Life||$40,000||Butt Free Tweed - 9 sites
Cigarette butts have been the most commonly littered item that we have found across our land-based marine debris surveys. On average, ~78% of our findings in coastal areas have been made up of cigarette butts and they are also within the top 5 items that are found across the majority of River Warriors surveys. With Tweed Heads being the 6th largest population centre in the state and the largest city in northern NSW, it is a prime location to address cigarette butt-related litter at its source and shift behaviour towards a Butt Free Tweed. Learning from challenges/successes from Butt Free Byron, PCFML will incorporate the NSW Government’s 13 Step Approach to Reduce Cigarette Butt Littering through 3 project phases:
Phase 1 - Data Collection (months 0-1); Phase 2 - Implementation (months 2-10); Phase 3 - Review, Reward, Refine (months 11-12):
|TAFE NSW Western Sydney Cluster 1 (Bankstown, Lidcombe, Padstow, Campbelltown, Macquarie Fields, Ingleburn)||$39,228||
Cluster 1 TAFE NSW Cigarette Butt Litter Prevention (Bankstown, Lidcombe, Padstow, Campbelltown, Macquarie Fields, Ingleburn) - 18 sites
|TAFE NSW Western Sydney Cluster 2 (Granville, Wetherill Park, Liverpool)||$37,128||
Cluster 2 TAFE NSW Cigarette Butt Litter Prevention (Granville, Wetherill Park, Liverpool) - 13 sites
|TAFE NSW Western Sydney Cluster 3||$33,460||
Cluster 3 TAFE NSW Cigarette Butt Litter Prevention (Richmond, Castle Hill, Baulkham Hills, Blacktown) - 8 sites
|TAFE NSW Western Sydney Cluster 4||$35,490||
Cluster 4 TAFE NSW Cigarette Butt Litter Prevention (Penrith, Kingswood, Mount Druitt, Miller, Katoomba, Wentworth Falls) - 15 sites
|Wollongong City Council||$39,568||Art Trail to Butt Out Cigarette Litter - 13 sites
This project aims to reduce cigarette butt litter at identified hot spots by promoting that regardless of size, butts are still litter; raising awareness of the impact of cigarette butt litter on the natural environment; and encouraging correct disposal behaviour by installing cigarette butt bins in these spots. Thirteen sites have been identified for this project. Eight of these sites currently have no cigarette butt bins installed and rely on the current sulo bins to capture this litter.
To raise awareness of the number of cigarette butt bins available to the public in addition to putting the spotlight on butt litter, encourage correct disposal of cigarette butts and highlight the issues that result from littering of butts, an Art Trail will be developed.
The Art Trail while aesthetically pleasing, will support the key messages around disposing of cigarette butts correctly by using a bin and secondly to Report a Tosser through use of the app. An Art Trail map will be developed and promoted over the 2020 Summer period. A complimentary competition will ask the community to write down the answer to a question which can be viewed at each of the specific 10 art sites across the LGA that link with the sites which will have butt bins installed.
|Bathurst Regional Council
||$35,140||Banishing Bathurst Butts - Cignificantly Reducing CBD Litter - 12 sites
The project will focus on public transport terminals, parking infrastructure, thoroughfares and entryways to shopping centres. Banishing Bathurst Butts is a behaviour change and educational project that will install infrastructure and signage at identified areas with significant butt litter. A proactive approach will communicate positive social norming through a social media blitz, strategic advertising, and media releases including Council’s Facebook pages, bus and taxi advertising in the Bathurst CBD, and a minimum of three (3) media releases and feature on local screen and print media.
Partnerships will be formed with CBD businesses and stakeholders to achieve project KPIs. A preventative approach will install signage and butt bins to encourage appropriate disposal, while beautification will instil pride of place. A minimum of fifty (50) floor graphic signs will be installed on pathways throughout the CBD, signs will direct smokers to butt bins and specify the penalties for littering. Twenty (20) aluminium pole signs using positive social norming content will be installed in two (2) Council carparks. Garden beds in both carparks will be landscaped to deter littering while increase aesthetic amenity and ownership. Twenty-five (25) cigarette butt bins will be installed to encourage compliant behaviour. Non-compliant behaviours will be managed with a reactive enforcement approach. Regulatory patrols will be completed by rangers and officers, collecting project data but also enforcing the POEO Act. The number of fines issued during the project will be publicised. Council’s Officers will manage the project and monitor outcomes.
|Waverley Council||$40,000||Waverley Butt Litter Prevention Project - 2 sites
This project is working at two different sites along Ebley St. One outside the Officeworks, and one outside the entrance of Eastgate shopping centre.
At present, there are no public place bins or cigarette butt bins to help smokers dispose of their cigarette butt bins properly. This leads to smokers predominantly dropping and stomping, or butting out in the garden beds.
The project will provide the correct infrastructure at both sites, including installing public place litter bins and enviropoles to capture the cigarette butt litter for recycling.
Signage will be installed on the bins, and on a bus shelter using Hey Tosser artwork. If the bus shelter is not available (as they require advanced booking), council's way finding stations (street signage) will be used for smaller posters across multiple locations.
Council will engage with the public as well as work closely with store managers from both locations to provide information and awareness on the project for their employees, highlighting the new bin infrastructure and our desire to work together to keep the site clean and litter free.
Cleansing schedules will be coordinated regularly, and our Rangers will do weekly patrols of the sites, with over time patrols to observe any littering offences out of hours, providing both soft and hard enforcement as the project progresses.
|Bayside Council||$40,000||Cigarette Butt Infrastructure - 15 sites
Council aims to engage and reduce the overall littered number of butts and create a social compact (where smokers perceive a beautification in the area) by targeting local factors to encourage smokers to bin butts and discourage them from butt littering. Smokers will feel catered for and not ostracised. It will also indicate to those who do not smoke that there are facilities in place within the vicinity for smokers to use. A total of 30 cigarette bin infrastructure will be installed. Infrastructure will be combined with EPA signage, particularly those which direct and create a safe community space for smoking.
|Ocean Action Pod TEC||$14,498||Buckingham Bins Butts - 1 site
Buckingham Bins Butts project aims to prevent butt litter and associated littering behaviours by adopting an immersive and integrated approach which includes clean ups, educational pop ups providing a deeper understanding of the environmental ramifications of this type of litter on our marine environment. The installation of butt and waste bins together with seating and 'Dont be aTosser' creative messaging will provide the inspiration / motivation for smokers, visitors, business owners and pub patrons to feel a sense of ownership and pride in taking action to keep the area butt litter free.
|City of Ryde||$25,000||City of Ryde Cigarette Butt Litter Project - 3 sites
The project aims to discourage littering cigarette butts by improving infrastructure and signage at transport hubs and shopping precincts.
It aims to educate smokers about environmental issues associated with cigarette butt littering and fines that apply for cigarette butt littering and discourage smoking at the entrance to the shopping centre by creating a designated smoking area. Signage will change each month on a rotation to maintain novelty. Education blitzes will be conducted by authorized officers handing out warnings to people littering cigarette butts and thanking people who correctly dispose of their cigarettes. Enforcement blitzes will be conducted by authorized officers fining people for littering cigarette butts.
|Eurobodalla Shire Council||$40,000||Eurobodalla Cigarette Butt Litter Prevention Program - 7 sites
Eurobodalla Shire Council are conducting into litter ending up in roadside drains and determined that a high number of cigarette butts in this area are not being binned. Due to the close proximity to the water, these butts will primarily end up in the ocean if nothing is done.This is the reasoning for having a large number of sites along the Batemans Bay foreshore. The other locations identified were chosen by speaking to staff from the Parks and Gardens team, along with general observations of smokers binning actions within the area.
Installing butt litter bins in all of the identified sites will make it easier for people smoking to dispose of butts. By placing signage around the area smokers will be directed to appropriate smoking areas and places they are able to dispose of cigarettes appropriately. Reducing the distance between smoking areas and cigarette / litter bins will be of great benefit to alter the behavious of smokers. Adding difrectional signage to notify people of where they can dispose of cigarette butts may help. Along with the onging routine cleaning of the areas, doing a thorough clean up of the area before installing butt bins should also make expectations of proper butt disposal apparent. Building smoker ownership of the area throught site beautification may also help. After bins have been established and site beautification and signage works have been completed Council rangers will also follow up with enforcement activities.
|Walgett Shire Council||$20,000||
Walgett Litter Prevention - 4 sites