Targeting tossers to stop littering and keep Cessnock clean
Cessnock City Council is ramping up its anti-littering campaign to crack down on littering and encourage residents to register with the NSW Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to Report a Tosser littering from vehicles.
Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent said the campaign sends a clear message, littering is unacceptable and those caught in the act will be, reported and fined.
“Roadside litter is one of our region’s most unnecessary and preventable environmental problems.”
“Council have been involved in a number of initiatives to manage local litter including the clean up the basin initiative with Mount View High School. This campaign goes a step further by empowering every resident to do something about the problem by making a report ”, Cr Pynsent said.
campaign is expected to see real results as research shows people are less
likely to litter if they think someone is watching. It also aims to help raise
awareness, change behaviour and reduce clean-up costs.
In the Cessnock local government area last year Adopt a Road groups collected 14.4 tonnes of waste, in NSW alone over 25 000 tonnes of litter is tossed annually. Residents are being asked to join the effort and register with the NSW EPA to Report a Tosser.
The EPA can issue fines of $250 for an individual and $500 for a corporation for littering from a vehicle, based on reports from members of the public. Residents can register on the NSW EPA website, www.epa.nsw.gov.au/reporttoepa
Cessnock City Council is pleased to announce residents will be able to the collect FREE car tidy bags from Cessnock Library, Kurri Kurri library and the Hunter Valley Visitor Centre, to help keep vehicles and our community litter free.
The car tidy bags are financed via the Environment Protection Authority’s Better Waste & Recycled Fund.
The ‘Report to EPA’ service is part of a comprehensive NSW State Government anti-littering program and aims to deter people from littering from vehicles by increasing the likelihood of being seen, reported and fined.