EUROBODALLA Shire Council will host a series of litter blitzes between January and April as part of the Southern Councils Group’s ‘Hey Tosser’ litter prevention campaign.
The campaign aims to reduce rubbish in problem areas and educate the community about the impacts of littering.
Council rangers will focus on areas that have been identified by the campaign as hotspots for litter, including playgrounds, beaches, roadsides and car parks.
The rangers will be talking to community members about why it is important to dispose of waste properly and will also offer free car litter bags and personal ash trays to make it easy for people to responsibly dispose of rubbish.
Mayor Lindsay Brown said the main goal of the litter blitzes was to educate people and encourage responsible behaviour.
He said rangers would issue fines if they saw people littering, including throwing rubbish out of cars.
There will also be a zero tolerance to lit cigarette butts.
“The average fine for littering is $200 and we want to deter people from littering as it is harmful to the health of our community and our environment,” Cr Brown said.
“We hope to reduce the rubbish that builds up in problem areas and ends up in our waterways by encouraging community members to think about the impacts of littering and about how they can make a difference.”
The ‘Hey Tosser’ campaign is also being rolled out across the Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama, Shoalhaven and Bega areas under a NSW EPA funded Litter Prevention Program that is coordinated by the Southern Councils Group.
If you witnesses littering, including rubbish being thrown out of car windows, report it to the EPA hotline, 131 555.