IN the age of smart devices, getting away with littering is becoming a thing of the past and Tamworth Regional Council (TRC) is reminding residents that it’s never been easier to report someone you see littering.
It comes amid a state-wide campaign by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) to crack down on littering and register with the NSW EPA to ‘Report a Tosser’ littering from vehicles.
TRC Manager Regulatory Services Ross Briggs said that the campaign sends a clear message that littering is unacceptable and that litterers will be seen, reported and fined.
Each year, more than 25,000 tonnes of litter is tossed in NSW.
Locally during annual Clean up Australia Day activities, an average of 1.5 tonnes of material is collected on this one day across the Tamworth region.
Residents who register and use the Report to EPA process will be reporting the incidents directly with the EPA for investigation.
Over the past year in the local council area, there were 26 reports of littering from vehicles.
TRC and the EPA can issue fines of $250 for an individual and $500 for a corporation for littering from a vehicle, based on reports from members of the public.