Make the most of your litter report

Litter thrown from a motor vehicle.

EPA Victoria is encouraging litter reporters to ensure their reports are accurate and complete so that we can work together with you to tackle litter.

To date, 50,000 Victorians have signed up to report litter to EPA because they love their environment and don’t want it trashed – but some reports fail to generate into an infringement due to missing information. So what can you do to make sure your report doesn’t go to waste and those who do the crime receive the fine?

Acting CEO Katrina McKenzie said that the most common left out information is what the item of litter thrown from the car was and whether it was the driver or a passenger.

“Without a description of the item of litter; whether it is a bottle, can, plastic bag, cigarette or any other item we are unable to finalise the infringement,” she said.

‘It is also vital that you specify who threw the litter from the car, the driver or the passenger and if you are able to see whether they were male or female that can also help.

“We understand that at the time it may be difficult to remember everything that you see but those two pieces of information can make all the difference.”

When making a litter report EPA Victoria will require the following:

· Who? Car details, rego, colour, driver or passenger, gender of litterer

· What? Lit or unlit cigarette or if not a cigarette please describe the litter. Was it a bottle, can? Food wrapper?

· When? Exact time and date of offence

· Where? Where was the car, what road was it travelling on, in which suburb? What intersection was closest?

· How? How was the litter deposited – thrown from vehicle, dropped before exiting vehicle or dropped before getting into a car.

It is now even easier to report litterers by using a smart phone, calling the EPA pollution hotline on 1300 EPA VIC or online using via the EPA website.

Littering costs the community $80 million to clean up every year in Victoria. Approximately 14,560 tonnes of litter is generated across the state every year.