$134,000 FOR COUNCIL ANTI-LITTERING PROJECT
Nationals Member for Lismore Thomas George MP has announced Kyogle Council and North East Waste will receive $134,000 under the NSW Government’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative for local litter action.
Mr George said Kyogle Council had secured $65,000 and North East Waste $69,610.
Kyogle Council will tackle litter at six sporting and community sites to make bins more visible to patrons, provide mobile bins where needed and skips with the “Hey Tosser” branding.
North East Waste will target cigarette butts, paper and plastic packaging in problem hotspots across member council areas, including installing extra bins, implementing the “Hey Tosser” litter campaign and increased signage.
“Local communities are best placed to know where the local litter hotspots are and how best to tackle the problem.
“The NSW Government is revitalising anti-littering efforts across NSW, including providing this support to work with councils and communities at the local level.”
“Across NSW, projects from the Government’s Litter Grants will see new bins installed, innovative education strategies trialled and surveillance and monitoring boosted to deter litterers and enforce penalties.”
The $20 million Litter Prevention Program is one of several initiatives under the NSW Government’s $465.7 million Waste Less, Recycle More to transform waste and recycling in NSW. It also includes funding for community litter prevention grants, currently available through Keep NSW Beautiful.
For more information about Waste Less, Recycle More and the Council Litter Prevention Grants, including a list of successful applicants, visit the EPA website: www.epa.nsw.gov.au/waste/WasteLess.htm
- 77 per cent of people say the issue of litter is ‘very’ or extremely’ important to them.
- In NSW cigarette butts are the most commonly littered item, making up 43 per cent of all litter.
- Paper and paperboard are the next most littered items, including tickets, cups and ice cream wrappers. Plastics, including bottles, tops and straws come next.
- The estimated cost of litter prevention and litter clean-up services nationally is $300-$350 million a year.
- The Hey Tosser campaign is based on research that shows nobody likes littering, but everybody will litter somewhere, some thing at some time.
- People are more likely to litter if they think no-one can see them.
- People are less likely to litter if they think people are watching, if there’s a bin nearby, if the area looks clean or when there is clear and consistent signage.