As Victorians flock to camping grounds and enjoy the great outdoors over summer, Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) has launched a new campaign to encourage the community to be the solution and report litter and pollution.

The campaign aims to increase community confidence in playing their part to minimise the impact of litter to the environment and public health. 

“With some of the state’s iconic camping destinations now open for bookings and many people gathering outdoors over the warmer months of the year, it’s a timely reminder that every Victorian has a responsibility for the waste they produce and dispose of,” said EPA CEO Dr Cathy Wilkinson.

“Littering not only poses environmental and health risks, it drains money from vital public services such as maintaining our parks. Be the solution and help protect the health of our community and environment by signing up to report littering from a vehicle today.”

EPA receives about 20,000 reports of littering each year and works closely with government, industry and community to use intelligence and surveillance to target offenders. Littering is against the law with fines of up to $330 for a small piece of litter and $661 for a lit cigarette or burning litter.

Victorians can report littering from a vehicle to EPA via the EPA website or the 24-hour hotline on 1300 EPA VIC (1300 372 842).

For more information, head to epa.vic.gov.au/report-pollution

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The new campaign provides local governments, which share responsibility for litter reporting, with a range of communications materials to empower them to enforce the law against litterers. This includes a fact sheet, available on our website here, as well as a range of materials with statistics, facts and information on how to report litter to EPA. 

Nearly 60 per cent of all litter consists of cigarette butts or packaging. Cigarette butt litter pollutes Victoria’s roadsides and waterways, and a burning cigarette butt dropped from a car is a serious fire hazard.

Masks, gloves and other PPE can be disposed of in your regular household rubbish bin. For more information see Coronavirus (COVID-19): Disposing of PPE at home and in the workplace (publication 1898).

Reviewed 14 April 2021