By Monique Kuzeff
Litter not only makes the environment an unsightly thing but it is also costing AlburyCity Council some $300,000 a year to clean up.
AlburyCity launched an anti-littering campaign at Nail Can Hill on Monday morning to encourage residents to ‘Report a Tosser’.
This particular campaign is focused around litter-bugs who throw rubbish out of their vehicles and asks people who might witness such an act to report the tosser by registering with the NSW EPA.
The EPA would then look into the claim and issue fines of $250 for an individual and $500 for a corporation for littering from a vehicle.
Former mayor Henk van de Ven hoped that the campaign would be “effective” saying that the risk of being dobbed in would work to prevent some people from throwing rubbish out of their vehicle windows.
“One of the most disgusting things that people do is to throw rubbish out of their cars,” Cr van de Ven said.
“It’s a pet hate of mine and I’ve always been frustrated that you couldn’t do anything about it.
“I hope this campaign is going to be effective and from the perspective that people embrace it and I think the threat of being dobbed in by your fellow community member should be enough for people to stop throwing rubbish out of their car.”
Since February 2015 more than 19,000 people across NSW registered with the EPA to report tossers from vehicles.
Over 25,000 reports of littering from a vehicle was made and more than 16,000 fines were issued by the EPA.
Mr van de Ven said society had become more “consciously aware” of litter in the environment and the option for people to register and report littering incidents was something that was needed.
“It’s a situation where people are becoming more aware of it and we are a conscious society as far as rubbish is concerned and that’s evident in our efforts around recycling and all that kind of stuff,” he said.
“If you look at my car there is a lot of rubbish in there because I use it as my rubbish bag and eventually it will be thrown out at a proper rubbish facility rather than just throwing it out a window.
“If I knew that somebody could be watching me and if I threw something out and they were going to dob me in I’d certainly think twice before throwing something out of the car.”
Cr van de Ven encouraged the community to get on board by registering at the NSW EPA website, www.epa.nsw.gov.au/reporttoepa