Roadside litter

We love spending time outdoors, visiting our beautiful beaches, parks and reserves and we all want our community to be clean and safe. We don’t want litter to affect the beauty of these places or damage our precious wildlife, vegetation and water quality.

Responsibility for litter rests with all of us – there is no Rubbish Fairy following us around collecting what we toss aside.

Litter collects in gutters, nature strips and bushlands lining our roads. It gets caught in trees, bushes, fencing and creek lines, and can remain there for some time if not regularly cleaned. Plastic bags, cigarette butts and fast food packaging are the most common forms of roadside litter. Food scraps and other organic litter attract animals to the roadside, increasing the possibility of injury and fatalities.

We work with the Department for Correctional Services to undertake scheduled collection of some roadside litter however they cannot be everywhere.  You can help.

How?

  • keep your rubbish in your vehicle until you can recycle or dispose of it
  • make sure loads are secure before travelling
  • why not pick some litter up when going for a walk - bag it and then bin it when you get home
  • littering is illegal and should be reported – in South Australia contact the local council responsible for the area where the littering occurred.

Please drive carefully when passing our roadside litter collectors – why not give them a wave to say ‘thanks’, as you pass?

Local Nuisance and Litter Control Act 2016

Litter and illegally dumped rubbish is a big problem within our city and there are some changes that have come into effect which we hope will help to address this problem.

The Local Nuisance and Litter Control Act 2016 came into effect as at 1 February 2017. This Act creates better tools for enforcement and the ability to deal with local issues more effectively. The Act substantially increases the penalties for individuals and businesses caught littering and illegally disposing of waste. However, success regulating this offence is more often than not, reliant on information we receive from witnesses.

Dob in a Litterer

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) SA has also launched the Dob in a Litterer program which enables residents and passers-by to report incidents of sighted illegal dumping via a mobile app, anything from a cigarette butt all the way up to larger more significant events. With the right information the EPA can then prosecute the offenders which will provide a significant deterrence for reoffending persons. In order to make this program successful we need as much community support as we can, so please keep an eye out for offenders dumping and be sure to report when you can.

For more information on the EPA’s new program and mobile app, please visit http://www.epa.sa.gov.au/community/waste_and_recycling/dob-in-a-litterer

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