There is no excuse for littering

Cessnock residents are being reminded there is no excuse to litter this Autumn as the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) launches the Don’t be a Tosser! campaign.

Cessnock residents are being reminded there is no excuse to litter this Autumn as the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) launches the Don’t be a Tosser! campaign. 

The campaign is one of many EPA programs that works reducing the volume of litter in NSW by 40 per cent by the year 2020.  

Part of this campaign calls on the community to register to the ‘Report to EPA’ system and report littering from vehicles as it happens.  

EPA Litter Prevention Manager, Sharon Owens, says while it can have devastating effects on waterways and the environment, litter has always a preventable problem.  

“There is no excuse for tossing rubbish. If we all think about what we do with our rubbish and put it in the bin, litter can become a problem of the past,” Ms Owens said.  

Councils in the Hunter region have an ongoing raft of programs to reduce the amount of litter locally. One of the latest programs involved three councils in the Hunter including Cessnock City Council. The program targeted busy recreational parks which are regularly littered.   

Using community feedback, Councils worked with residents to tackle the issue at the following sites:  

• Mount View Park, Cessnock City Council

• Wallsend Park, Newcastle City Council

• Medowie Skate Park, Port Stephens Council  

A range of activities were also carried out to combat litter. In Cessnock a sponsorship agreement was established with Cessnock Minor Rugby Club ensuring litter prevention initiatives in the future.  

Since the program there has been a 13 per cent reduction of litter volume at Mount View Park.  

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent said results were positive but there is still work to do.  

“The results show that the community is on board with reducing litter, we are now calling on locals to register to report littering from vehicles so that they can help us reduce littering in our suburbs.”  

“By having residents report ‘Tossers’ it sends a strong message that littering is not tolerated in our community and if you litter you will get caught.”    

To find out more about how to register and the campaign visit www.epa.nsw.gov.au/heytosser. You can also pick up rubbish bags for your car at Cessnock City Library and Kurri Kurri Library.