Locals on lookout for litterbugs

Cessnock City Council is encouraging residents to get involved in a regional anti-littering campaign by registering with the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) to report littering offences. 

Cessnock City Council is encouraging residents to get involved in a regional anti-littering campaign by registering with the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) to report littering offences.  

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent would like to see community members getting involved in the crackdown and registering.  

“Litter damages our natural environments, harms wildlife and makes our public spaces less safe and less attractive.”  

“It’s not only costly to our environment, each year over 25,000 tonnes of litter is tossed in NSW and more than $180 million a year is spent managing that.”  

“The days of getting away with being a litterbug are over and now each of us can do our bit to protect our local environment,” Cr Pynsent said.  

Across NSW over 21,000 people have registered giving them the opportunity to make an online report when they see someone throwing litter from a vehicle.

These reports are made at the NSW EPA website and fines of $250 or more are issued to offenders.  

Roadside litter is one of our region’s most unnecessary and preventable environmental problems. By registering to report littering from vehicles, you are part of the solution.  

For more information and to visit www.epa.nsw.gov.au/reporttoepa.

 1/17/2018