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Litter message not getting through

Released on: 13 February 2018

Released on: 13 February 2018

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council rangers have stepped up their surveillance in a number of our region’s litter hotspots during the busy summer period, to both educate and fine those doing the wrong thing.

More than 75 on the spot litter fines have been issued since the beginning of the year, which is a disappointing result given that during 2017, 130 fines were issued across the entire year.

Rangers will now continue to be on the lookout for anyone littering in popular areas such as Town Beach, the Town Green, Horton Street, the Kooloongbung Creek car park and foreshore area and Westport Park.

Group Manager Maria Doherty said it was disappointing that the ‘hey tosser’ message seemed to be struggling to get through. “Whilst most people are doing the right thing, there are still members of our community that think it’s OK to pollute our parks and public spaces with litter. And with more people out and about during summer, the problem just gets worse.

“Cigarette butts are a major problem because they are easily carried by stormwater runoff through our drainage systems and eventually into our rivers and ocean where they harm the environment,” said Ms Doherty.

Fines for littering begin at $80, and can increase to $250 for throwing a lit cigarette on the ground or tossing litter from a car. On the spot fines will be issued by Council rangers for littering.

There is no excuse for littering, and Council is reminding the community that if they can’t find a bin to take their rubbish home with them.

Further information is available at pmhc.nsw.gov.au/litter or by calling Council on 6581 8111.