A second stage in the litter reduction campaign by North East Waste has started this week so litterers beware.
A second stage in the litter reduction campaign by North East Waste has started this week so litterers beware. Contributed

Hey Tosser! Keep your litter in your car

LITTERBUGS who do their dirty deeds on our local roads and highways had better keep an eye in the rear view mirror, because anyone 18 or over can now report littering from vehicles and a fine from $250 is likely to be issued.

The 'Report to EPA' online service is part of a comprehensive state government anti-littering program that aims to deter people from littering from vehicles by increasing the likelihood of being seen, reported and fined.

North East Waste on behalf of its seven north coast member councils including Ballina Shire, has been rolling out a roadside litter reduction campaign across the region to encourage residents to register and report littering from vehicles.

With the assistance of the Roads and Maritime Services, five litter hot spots on or close to the Pacific Highway at Ballina, Chinderah and Grafton have been regularly monitored over six months.

Roll out of the first stage of the roadside litter awareness campaign in the January school holidays saw reductions of more than 65 per cent in the volume of litter at all but one of the hot spots.

The second stage of the campaign is about to kick off with the ongoing support of a number of local businesses who have put their hands up to be litter partners including Caltex, Woolworths, Ballina Fair Shopping Centre, Hungry Jacks, Red Rooster and KFC.

They are spreading the anti-litter message by encouraging their customers to do their bit in helping to keep our community clean and litter free.

Karen Rudkin, North East Waste Litter Project Coordinator, said that the campaign sends a clear message that littering is unacceptable and that litterers will be seen, reported and fined.

"Roadside litter is one of our region's most unnecessary and preventable environmental problems. Reporting littering from vehicles helps to raise awareness and change behavior leading to reduced clean up costs and a cleaner and healthier local environment.

"By registering and reporting littering from vehicles, you are part of the solution to the problem of litter. So why not get on board and help bust the litterbugs. To find out more or to register, search 'report to EPA' or visit http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/reporttoepa


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