26 September 2023

EPA campaign to put wind up litterers

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The Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) has launched a new campaign to encourage the community to be the solution and report litter and pollution.

Chief Executive at EPA, Cathy Wilkinson said the campaign aimed to increase the community’s confidence in playing their part to minimise the impact of litter on public health and the environment.

“With some of the State’s iconic camping destinations now open for bookings and many people gathering outdoors over the warmer months of the year, it’s a timely reminder that every Victorian has a responsibility for the waste they produce and dispose of,” Dr Wilkinson said.

“Littering not only poses environmental and health risks, it drains money from vital public services such as maintaining our parks,” she said.

“Be the solution and help protect the health of our community and environment by signing up to report littering from a vehicle via the EPA Report Litter App today.”

Dr Wilkinson said EPA received about 20,000 reports of littering each year and worked closely with Government, industry, and the community to use intelligence and surveillance to target offenders.

“Littering is against the law with fines of up to $330 for a small piece of litter and $661 for a lit cigarette or burning litter,” she said.

Dr Wilkinson said people could report littering from a vehicle to EPA via the EPA website, its Report Litter App (available on Google Play or the Apple Store) or the 24-hour hotline on 1300 EPA VIC (1300 372 842).

Further information on how to report littering can be accessed at this PS News link.

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