Littering

The law says you litter when you discard material in a way that makes a place more disorderly or has detrimental effects on the use of that place.

Everyone is responsible for their own litter, and if you litter you can be fined.


If no bin is at hand, you must keep your rubbish until you find a bin. You cannot rely on other people to clean up your litter. 

Littering includes

  • throwing food wrappers or cigarette butts from a vehicle
  • leaving a food container under a park bench
  • stubbing a cigarette onto a footpath
  • tossing an apple core into a garden bed (though biodegradable, items like apples still pollute; compost them or put them in the bin)
  • allowing soil, sand or garden waste to blow from a moving vehicle
Aggravated or dangerous littering

To better protect the community, greater penalties apply to aggravated or dangerous littering that threatens public safety or the environment, including

  • discarded syringes
  • lit cigarettes
  • intentionally broken glass
Did you know?

If an individual is found guilty of Illegal Dumping in court, they can face 7 years in jail and a $250,000 fine.
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The dirty facts about litter
Snowy Monaro Regional Council is encouraging residents not to be tossers by taking responsibility for their rubbish and either putting it in a bin or taking it with them.

Litter damages our natural environments, harms wildlife and sea creatures, can injure people and makes our public spaces less safe.  Litter is not just unsightly – it’s also very costly. More than $180 million a year is spent managing litter in NSW. 

Roadside litter is one of our region's most unnecessary and preventable environmental problems. The NSW EPA can issue fines of $250 for an individual and $500 for a corporation for littering from a vehicle, based on reports from members of the public. 

By registering to Report Tossers littering from vehicles to the EPA, you are part of the solution to the issue of litter. Litter damages our natural environments, harms wildlife and sea creatures, can injure people and makes our spaces less safe. 

Reporting littering from a vehicle is part of a comprehensive NSW State Government anti-littering program that aims to reduce the volume of litter in NSW by 40% by 2020. The Snowy Monaro Regional Council encourages everyone in our region to get on board. Visit ‘Report to EPA’ to register to Report Tossers littering from vehicles.

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Roadside litter is one of our region's most unnecessary and preventable environmental problems. The NSW EPA can issue fines of $250 for an individual and $500 for a corporation for littering from a vehicle, based on reports from members of the public. 

By registering to Report Tossers littering from vehicles to the EPA, you are part of the solution to the issue of litter. Litter damages our natural environments, harms wildlife and sea creatures, can injure people and makes our spaces less safe. 

Reporting littering from a vehicle is part of a comprehensive NSW State Government anti-littering program that aims to reduce the volume of litter in NSW by 40% by 2020. The Snowy Monaro Regional Council encourages everyone in our region to get on board. Visit ‘Report to EPA’ to register to Report Tossers littering from vehicles..
Reporting Littering From Vehicles

If you see litter being discarded or blown from a vehicle you can report this to the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA). You will need to record details such as the vehicle registration, location, type of litter, date and time. When doing so make sure you do not compromise your safety. 

By reporting littering from motor vehicles, you can help raise awareness, reduce cleanup costs and keep NSW clean. Fines of $250 can be issued from your report.

To report littering from a vehicle you need to:

  • be 18 years of age or over, or have your parent's or guardian's permission to report
  • have actually seen the litter being thrown, or blown, from the vehicle
  • be able to provide the vehicle registration details and the location where the littering took place
  • report the incident within 14 days
  • make your report online
How to Help Prevent Litter

Simple ways you can help reduce litter:

  • Report littering from vehicles Keep a bag in your car to collect rubbish and butts
  • Put cigarettes out and then put them in the bin
  • Encourage others to pick up their litter
  • Put rubbish in a bin or take it with you
  • Download a poster for your workplace or community centre
  • Post/share infographics about litter

The disgusting truth about tossed cigarette butts
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Fines for general littering

Littering is subject to a tiered range of fines under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997

  • $80 for littering small items, such as bottle tops and cigarette butts
  • $250 for general littering
  • $250 for an individual littering from a vehicle ($500 for corporations)
  • $450 for littering in aggravated or dangerous circumstances, such as depositing a syringe or a lit cigarette ($900 for corporations).
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If you see or are aware of illegal activity call the NSW Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

See below Contacts for more information.

Your personal details will NOT be made public or passed on to the person responsible for the dumping.

The best contact to report litter (and illegal dumping) depends on the type of litter or dumped material and where it is.

Where the depositing of waste causes or threatens material harm to the environment, a number of authorities MUST be notified.

Members of the public wishing to report or inquire about waste or litter pollution should contact the organisation responsible for its regulation, as set out in the table below.

Pollution type or source

Organisation responsible

Contact

Fertilisers, Pesticides, Herbicides

EPA

131 555

Dumped Cars

SMRC Council

Police Assistance Line
1300 345 345
131 444
Grease, Oil and Odours on Beaches EPA 131 555
Contaminated Sites EPA 131 555
Aviation Fuel Dumping Air Services Australia     1800 802 584
Odour from Landfill or Waste Depot EPA 131 555

Rubbish and Litter

   
Littering from Vehicles EPA 131 555
Littering from Uncovered Load EPA 131 555
Roadside Rubbish on Major Roads and Highways Roads and Maritime Services 131 700

Illegal Dumping

   
Illegal Dumping of Solid and Liquid Wastes EPA
SMRC Council
Local Police 
Crimesstoppers
131 555
1300 345 345
131 4444
1800 333 000
Illegal Dumping in National & State Parks, Historic sites 
and Nature Reserves 
EPA 131 555
Illegal Dumping in Council Parks

SMRC Council

1300 345 345
Illegal Dumping on Vacant Crown Land EPA 131 555
Illegal Dumping on Beaches

SMRC Council

1300 345 345

Illegal Dumping in State Forests EPA 131 555
Illegal Dumping on Private Property

SMRC Council

1300 345 345