Return and Earn is a NSW Government litter reduction scheme that will provides 10 cent refunds on eligible drink containers at approved collection points. Drink containers make up almost half of the volume of litter in NSW and Return and Earn is part of the NSW Government’s commitment to reducing litter volume in NSW by 40 per cent by 2020.
To find out what containers are eligible or your nearest return point go to the Return and Earn website.
Littering is an offence. The single most common litter item in Australia is the cigarette butt. Cigarette butts make up half of the litter in NSW.
You can be fined if you commit a littering offence.For further information the EPA has a comprehensive website about littering including information about littering laws and regulations, as well as advice on what you can do to prevent littering.
Report littering in Cessnock
If you see litter being discarded or blown from a vehicle you can report this to the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) either:
- by phoning 131 555
- through the EPA website or
- through a mobile app, which, once downloaded, will take you to the reporting portal. (Note: Reporters must be aged 18 or over and will have to register their personal details, agree to terms and conditions, and declare understanding of the responsibilities.)
You will need to record details such as the vehicle registration, location, type of litter, date and time. When doing so make sure you do not compromise your safety. By reporting littering from motor vehicles, you can help raise awareness, reduce clean-up costs and keep NSW clean.
Reports are required to be made within 14 days of the incident. Fines for littering from a vehicle range from $250 for an individual, $500 for a corporation, to $900 for aggravated littering such as lit cigarette butts during extreme conditions. For more information, visit the EPA website.
The Cessnock Adopt-a-Road program is both an educational and practical environmental initiative which increases community awareness of the damaging effect roadside litter has on the local environment and civic image.
Roadside adoption involves communities taking a special interest in maintaining the appearance of roadsides in their community through the regular removal of roadside litter. Local companies and community groups are encouraged to ‘adopt’ sections of roadside and pledge to keep the roadside clean for a nominated period of time. Large signs are erected to acknowledge the efforts of ‘adopters’ and to remind others that littering is not an acceptable practice.
The program is ultimately designed to increase roadside litter collection on main roads into the City of Cessnock with the benefit being a cleaner environment and public acknowledgement of litter control in the city.
To be involved in the program please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
Clean Up Australia Day
In 2020, Clean up Australia Day will be held on Sunday 1 March. More information and site registration is available from Clean up Australia.