EPA Tasmania celebrated National Science Week by hosting litter workshops in
conjunction with Keep Australia Beautiful at the Festival of Bright Ideas in Hobart last week.
Friday an army of schoolkids invaded the festival and the EPA's Maree
Bakker workshopped with numerous school groups throughout the
day; on Saturday it was the turn of the general public who proved very responsive to the bright idea of a litter free Tasmania.
Litter pollutes the
landscape and has devastating impacts when washed down rivers and into the sea
where it can affect water quality, and can choke or poison wildlife. It can
also affect our enjoyment of the environment.
Government has made a commitment to make
Tasmania the least littered State by 2025.
To complement the litter reporting system where people can ‘dob in a litterer’ using the
existing litter laws, it
is developing a system to assign people on Community Service Orders to clean
up beaches and parks.
Keep Australia Beautiful has received a funding boost bringing the
Government contribution to $45,000 per annum.
Maree Bakker (right) with South Arm Primary School students.