Don’t just clean up: help to catch litter bugs

Do you hate seeing people tossing rubbish on our roadsides? Or flicking cigarette butts that could turn into dangerous grass fires? Now is your chance to make a difference by catching those who litter in the act.

Every year, Clean Up Australia Day shows what can be achieved when ordinary people do their bit to make Australia a cleaner place.

This month, thousands of western Sydney residents pulled on gloves and volunteered their time to make a difference in their local area.

We all agree that litter is unpleasant to look at, but it is also a huge cost to the community.

Last year western Sydney councils collectively spent $14 million on litter management – money which could be much better spent on community services and facilities.

In order to crack down on littering, western Sydney councils have teamed up with the NSW EPA, and Roads and Maritime Services for a series of targeted clean up and enforcement blitzes – with fines of up to $900 for each offence.

Community members can also help catch those who litter thanks to a new online tool from the EPA.

Simply register as a reporter on the Report to EPA website, and if you see littering occur note the offending vehicle’s details, time and location of the incident.

Each report will result in a fine being issued, and it will be up to the person in question to defend their actions if they choose to contest the fine.

Your report will make a difference. Together we can send a strong message that wherever you are in western Sydney, if you litter, you are likely to be caught – forcing road users to think twice before littering from vehicles and reducing the community clean-up bill.

So if want your council rates spent on more than just picking up litter, register on Report to EPA and keep a close eye out for litterbugs in our roads.

Of course, safety should be first priority so if you have a passenger in the car ask them to record the details for you, or report the incident once you have reached your destination.

If you would like to learn more and register your interest in helping solve the problem visit: http://bit.ly/ReportEPA

Councillor Stephen Bali

President, Western Sydney Regional

Organisation of Councils (WSROC)

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