Shoalhaven City Council is joining forces with the Southern Council’s Group and the NSW Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in taking up the fight against littering as part of the ‘Hey Tosser’ campaign.
The campaign will see Council Rangers targeting identified litter hotspots as well as residents littering from vehicles in an effort to raise awareness of the impact and consequences of inappropriate waste disposal.
As part of the campaign, Council Rangers will be handing out information packs, free car litter bags and personal ash trays to local residents and visitors during their regular patrols.
Mayor, Joanna Gash said the ‘Hey Tosser’ campaign was being rolled out across the Southern Council’s Group in a bid to educate the community to the damage that incorrectly disposed of waste and litter can cause the environment.
“Littering is an ongoing issue not only within the Shoalhaven but right throughout the region,” said Clr Gash.
“Council has teamed up with the Southern Council’s Group through the assistance of NSW EPA grant funding to take part in the ‘Hey Tosser campaign, a scheme designed to educate the community to the perils of littering.”
“Littering not only makes the area look dirty and unkempt it pollutes our local area, causes flooding, harms both animals and people and can end up in our waterways.”
“Further to this, littering costs the community financially, taking away hundreds of millions of dollars across the State that could be better spent elsewhere.”
Local residents that witness litter being thrown or dumped from a vehicle are encouraged to report the offence via the EPA website www.epa.nsw.gov.au, the "report to EPA" mobile app or through the EPA Hotline 131555.
All reports will undergo a verification process before a fine is issued and reporters may need to provide evidence in court.
Motorists are advised not to use mobile phones illegally or act dangerously to catch someone in the act.
With fines averaging $200, don’t be a tosser, put it in the bin.
CONTACT: Mayor, Joanna Gash - 0427 160 172