Lithgow Litter Prevention Program 2014/15
Lithgow City Council successfully applied for grant funding to implement a litter prevention program under the NSW Council Litter Prevention Grants Program. This will be delivered throughout the Local Government Area (LGA) using the NSW Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) “Hey Tosser” slogan on advertisements and signage.
The Litter Prevention Program funding aims to achieve the EPA target of, a 40% reduction in littered items across assessed sites within the LGA. The accumulation of cigarette butts and littering at roadside stops and the associated bushfire risk of cigarette butts are of particular concern. The delivery of the program will involve an education program to raise community awareness, new infrastructure and increased enforcement at selected locations or “hot spots”.
Education program will occur through the delivery of a litter education program within primary schools and an advertising campaign through local media. New infrastructure such as waste bins, recycling bins, butt bins and accompanying signage will be installed in all ‘hot spot’ locations; making it easier for people to do the right thing and feel positive about the sites.
Identified sites “hot spots” for new infrastructure:
- Clarence Pirie Park Capertee
- Scenic Hill Lithgow
- Hassan’s Walls Lithgow
- Endeavour Park Lithgow
Through raising community awareness and education about litter, we aim to encourage people to dispose of their litter appropriately and responsibly. To become involved, individuals can register for a Cleanup Australia Day activity (1st March 2015) in your local area and report littering from vehicles. Register with Clean Up Australia online; www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au/get-involved/ or by calling 1800 282 329
Businesses who pledge their support to preventing littering by registering with Council will receive “Hey Tosser” promotional material for customers and have their name printed in a joint “Hey Tosser” newspaper advertisement printed through February 2015. Businesses can register by completing the form on this page or by contacting Lithgow City Council on 6354 9999.
It’s easy to report a tosser. Call 131 555 or report online at www.epa.nsw.gov.au/pollution