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Environment Protection Authority

Don't be a tosser this Summer

Media release: 21 November 2016

Don't be a tosser this Summer


With the warm weather arriving and outdoor activities calling, the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has ramped up its anti-littering efforts with a Hey Tosser! Spring advertising campaign.

Buses, trains, bins, radio stations and posters will all share the Hey Tosser! message that throwing your rubbish anywhere other than a bin, is unacceptable.

With summer just around the corner, the advertising campaign has a focus on littering at beaches and from vehicles.

EPA Manager of Litter Prevention Sharon Owens said littering was a damaging and entirely preventable environmental problem.

“Littering is more than just a piece of paper on the sidewalk – it damages our natural environment, harms wildlife and sea creatures and can even start grass fires.’ Ms Owens said.

“It’s also an expensive problem - around 25,000 tonnes of litter is tossed in NSW each year, costing councils and the EPA more than $180 million to manage.

“The Hey Tosser! message is simple: tossing litter is not acceptable. If you have an empty container, an old newspaper or a cigarette butt don’t just toss it – put it in a bin or take it with you.”

The state-wide Hey Tosser! campaign has been running since 2014. It is designed to drive a change in social norms by raising awareness about littering and its impacts.

Another key driver for reducing litter in NSW will be the introduction of a Container Deposit Scheme from  1 July 2017.

Cigarette butts being thrown from car windows account for over 90 percent of fines for littering from vehicles and 1,200 grass fires are attributed to littered cigarettes in NSW each year.

Aligned with the Hey Tosser! campaign is Report to EPA online, which allows members of the public to report littering from a vehicle. Since its launch in February 2015, 15,000 people across NSW have registered with Report to EPA, more than 20,000 reports have been made, and nearly 14,000 fines have been issued.

The EPA can issue fines of $250 to an individual and $500 for a cooperation for littering from a vehicle.

To find out more about the Hey Tosser! campaign and how to help prevent litter, visit http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/heytosser/

Contact: EPA Public Affairs

Page last updated: 21 November 2016