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Tasmania Taking Action on Illegal Litter Dumping

The results from the most recent Keep Australia Beautiful National Litter Index reveal a marked reduction in litter from illegal dumping in Tasmania.

The National Litter Index tells what litter is where and in what volume so that each state and territory can compare its results with the national average. The latest index surveyed litter at 983 sites across Australia, including 76 sites in Tasmania.

The index showed that illegal dumping contributed 1.08 litres per 1000m2 to the State’s litter stream - down from 2.17 litres in 2009-10 and less than the national average.

This reduction follows the EPA's successful prosecution of a number of illegal dumping incidents over the past few years in Tasmania.

The EPA is responsible for implementing and enforcing the Litter Act and has recently handed out a number of infringement notices to individuals for the illegal dumping of litter.

The National Litter Index found cigarette butts were the most frequently identified item littered across all sites in Tasmania in 2010-11, while paper and paperboard such as takeaway food containers or utensils contributed the largest amounts of volume to the state’s litter stream.

The Tasmanian litter rate for paper and paperboard food containers is typically two to three times higher than the national average.

The work of local government, the Derwent Estuary Program, the Southern Waste Strategy Authority, Tasmania Police, the Transport Department of DIER and various community groups has also been acknowledged for their tireless efforts to tackle the problem of littering. The EPA also has a strong partnership with the Education Department through the Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative.

Over the past few months there has been a rise in public reports of litter offences to the litter hotline in Tasmania. Anyone who witnessed littering can report it to the litter hotline on 1300 135 513.

For more information on the National Litter Index go to the Keep Australia Beautiful website.