Hey Tosser! Litter Prevention Campaign
By 2016, NSW aims to have the lowest litter count per capita in Australia. This is a reduction of approximately 40 per cent in the number of littered items based on 2011–12 data.
The NSW EPA’s research about littering behaviour, shows that people know that littering is wrong. They know it is socially unacceptable. That is why, if people litter, they tend to do it when no one is looking.
The Hey Tosser! campaign tells litterers they are being watched and that no one likes what they do.
What is littering?
throwing food wrappers or cigarette butts from a vehicle
leaving a food container under a park bench
stubbing a cigarette onto a footpath
leaving a plastic water bottle on the beach
allowing soil, sand or garden waste to blow from a moving vehicle
All of the above are examples of littering behaviour.
Littering has serious environmental impacts and is a considerable resource and financial burden for government, business and the community:
It’s easy to prevent litter every day:
You can also:
Running a local litter prevention project >
A single fine for littering:
What are the fines for littering?
for littering small items, such as bottle tops and cigarette butts
for general littering
for an individual littering from a vehicle
for littering in dangerous circumstances, such as depositing a syringe or a lit cigarette, or intentionally breaking glass
Larger fines apply for corporations and the maximum penalties for all offences are greater again if proceedings are taken to court.
If you see someone littering from a vehicle, you can report it:
It’s easy to report a tosser.
Call 131 555 or report online at www.epa.nsw.gov.au
Cigarette butts continue to be the most littered item in NSW, making up 43% of all littered items1.
Plastic items and paper/paperboard items contribute most to the volume of litter across all sites 1.
95 per cent of the litter on beaches comes from suburban streets, down the street drains and through the stormwater system1.
Cigarette butts were the main littered item at 4 of the 6 Northern Rivers regional hot spots
(NE Waste local litter checks 2014)
1 2011/12 National litter Index for NSW
Litter Reduction and Prevention Program 2015
North East Waste on behalf of its member Councils, successfully applied for NSW Government grant funding under the Waste Less Recycle More initiative, to implement a litter prevention program. Litter checks carried out at each of the sites, identified cigarette butts and or plastic and paper/cardboard packaging as the most littered items at all locations and it is these items that will be targeted.
During the 3 month campaign (April to June 2015), the aim is to reduce litter by 20% at 6 identified ‘litter hot spots’ across the North Coast.
This will be achieved through a multi targeted approach:
The identified “hot spots” and details of the ‘Hey Tosser’ education / clean up events:
This is a NSW EPA Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded from the Waste Levy. Visit www.epa.nsw.gov.au