What is litter?
Litter is the most visible sign of environmental pollution. It is anything that is deposited where it is not meant to be.
Litter is cigarette butts and drink bottles dropped on the street. It is an apple core thrown out of the car window, sediments on building sites that aren't secured, and the grass clippings that you sweep into the gutter.
How can you help?
Everyone can play a role in reducing litter in Hobsons Bay:
- Put litter in a rubbish bag and garden waste in a compost bin rather than sweeping it into the gutter and drain;
- Never pour chemicals, such as motor oils and paints, into the gutter;
- Take a plastic bag, or other suitable container, to pick up after your dog when you go for a walk;
- Dispose of your rubbish in an appropriate receptacle. If this isn't possible take your rubbish home with you and dispose of it when you get home;
- Dispose of cigarette butts in a bin or carry your own personal ashtray;
- Carry a litter bag in your car for collecting rubbish; and
- If you see a piece of rubbish, pick it up and place it in a bin, rather than walking by.
Make the guilty pay - report litterers
Many people are guilty of littering. Littering is illegal and it makes our neighbourhoods untidy and dirty.
You can report people that litter by filling out an Environment Protection Authority litter report form. Forms are available from the
EPA on1800 35 25 55 or by visiting the EPA website.