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08 July 2017 Posted by 


City holds record for littering reports
TOSSERS get short shrift in Blacktown, according to NSW Environment Protection Authority figures.
Blacktown City Council holds the record for the most reports of littering in Western Sydney. 
Altogether, 1142 residents reported littering from vehicles to the EPA since 2015. 
“I’m proud of the fact our residents are tough on others who do the wrong thing by throwing away rubbish from their cars rather than binning it,” Blacktwon City Mayor Stephen Bali said. 
“Council has far more residents assisting us as registered litter reporters than any other in Western Sydney, so the chances of being seen and reported have never been higher.
“The message is clear: if you litter in Blacktown City, you will be caught and you will be fined.”
From 1528 litter reports received from Blacktown residents, 1053 fines were issued. 
In the past four months alone, Council’s Community Law Enforcement Officers issued 208 littering fines. 
This compares to an average of 25 fines issued every four months last year. 
“Council has ramped up its enforcement efforts, targeting litterers in all areas of our city, including the Blacktown and Mt Druitt central business districts, train stations, roads and car parks,” Mayor Bali said. 
“The litter blitz is designed to reinforce the message that littering is illegal and the chances of getting caught are high, rather than just issuing lots of fines.  
“Officers focused on speaking to the community about the negative effects of littering and littering laws.”
Mayor Bali encouraged residents to continue to report people who do the wrong thing. 
“The community plays a key role in helping Council to keep our city clean. 
“Cleaning up litter in parks, roads and waterways costs Western Sydney ratepayers more than $14 million every year.  
“We want people to stop littering and to use those funds for other services.”
If you see someone littering from their vehicle, you can report them to the NSW EPA.
Fines from $250 can be issued from your report.
Fast facts: 
  • 1142 registered litter reporters in Blacktown.
  • 1528 littering reports received in Blacktown from the public.
  • 1053 littering fines issued in Blacktown.


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