Keeping track of the state’s litter

Published 27th March, 2017 in Environment

Bottles fitted with GPS trackers will be released into NSW waterways to show how far litter can travel once it reaches the state’s waterways. 

Plastic bottle with a green background

Forty branded bottles will be dropped in waterways in Sydney, Wollongong, Newcastle and Wagga Wagga as part of the government’s anti-littering campaign, Hey Tosser!

The bottles will be tracked daily and updates will be shared on social media to raise awareness about the distance litter travels.

At the end of the project, the bottles and GPS trackers will be collected from the state’s waterways.

The government is almost halfway to meeting the Premier's priority of reducing litter volume by 40 per cent by 2020.

Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton said collecting this information will help the government educate people about how damaging but preventable littering is to our environment.

“Many of the bottles floating in our waterways won't be there after December when the government’s container deposit scheme is introduced but there is still much more litter being swept into waterways that can be prevented,” Ms Upton said.

As part of the campaign, NSW residents are encouraged to register to ‘Report to EPA’ when they see someone littering from a vehicle.

Since February 2015 more than 20,000 people have registered across the state and the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has issued more than 17,200 fines.

The EPA can issue fines of $250 for an individual and $500 for a corporation for littering from a vehicle, based on public reports.

Find out more about the Hey Tosser! campaign

Published 27th March, 2017 in Environment