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Environment Protection Authority

Don't be a Tosser on the ski fields this winter

Media release: 17 August 2016

Visitors to the NSW snowfields are on notice not to litter this ski season with the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) teaming up with local councils and the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) in the snowy mountains area to be on the lookout for tossers.

Steve Beaman, EPA Executive Director Waste and Resource Recovery, said that ‘Operation Frostbite’ is targeting litter on the ski fields and on arterial roads coming in and out of the NSW ski fields throughout the peak snow season of August.

“EPA officers will be undertaking education and enforcement campaigns to keep an eye out for litterers both at the snow and on the main roads leading to the snow fields this ski season,” Mr Beaman said.

“Hey Tosser! posters and billboards will be displayed leading in and out of the ski field areas and throughout Thredbo and Mt Selwyn Resorts to help remind people to take their litter with them. 

“Anyone caught tossing litter from a vehicle could face a $250 fine.

“Litter is a blight on our environment and it is particularly disappointing in holiday areas like the ski slopes where people are looking to enjoy themselves and the scenery.”

Mr Beaman said every year the NSW Government, NSW councils, land managers and community groups spend more than $167 million to manage litter.

“This is a shameful figure that could be so easily be reduced by individuals taking responsibility for their own rubbish by putting it in the bin or taking it with them.

“That is why the NSW Government has committed $20 million to help reduce litter volume across NSW by 40 per cent by 2020. 

“That includes working with councils and land managers on enforcement and education to help reduce littering behaviour and target litter hotspots.”

Mr Beaman said that more than 12,000 people have already registered to report litterers and that everyone can help to reduce litter this ski season by registering on the EPA website at http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/litter/from-vehicle.htm

Fines for littering from vehicles range from $250 for an individual to $500 for a business.

Top five holiday Hey Tosser! tips: 

  1. Have litter bags in your car, especially on long road trips, that can be emptied in rest stop bins along the way.

  2. Take a plastic bag with you on the ski slopes if you know you’ll be creating litter so can take your rubbish home with you if there aren’t any bins or if they’re full.

  3. Use water bottles from home and reusable food containers on picnics and outings so you create less litter to throw away.

  4. Carry a small container for your cigarette butts for when a butt-bin or rubbish bin isn’t available. 

  5. Remember to log on to www.epa.gov.au/reportlitter to become a litter reporter and help stop littering from vehicles.

Contact: EPA Public Affairs Unit

Page last updated: 17 August 2016