More than 150 infringement notices and warning letters are being issued to Tasmanians who have contravened the State’s new litter laws.
The Minister for Environment, Parks, Heritage and the Arts, Michelle O’Byrne, said the infringement notices followed the introduction of Tasmania’s new litter laws and will be enforced under the new Monetary Penalties Enforcement Act.
"The littering offences reported on the telephone and internet Litter Hotline have been processed and verified by the Environment Division.
"If alleged offenders do not pay, make arrangements to pay or elect a court hearing after receiving an infringement notice, they are deemed to be convicted of the offence 28 days after the issue.
"The non-payment will then be enforced by Monetary Penalties Enforcement Service."
Ms O’Byrne said there had been a positive response to the Look Who’s Littering – On the Road campaign and the Litter Hotline with the public welcoming the chance to do something about the littering problem.
"The campaign focuses on people who toss cigarette butts and other litter from vehicles or dump rubbish on the roadside and in the bush.
"In the five months since the hotline began on January 17, there have been 255 reports received from the public either by telephone or lodged on-line.
"I congratulate those people making reports for not sitting back and allowing thoughtless acts of littering to go unchallenged, and I urge all Tasmanians to make use of the hotline to help crack down on people who hold such little regard for our beautiful State by willingly littering our environment."
The penalties imposed for littering start at for offences such as throwing/depositing or ejecting a small single item such as cigarette butt or ATM receipt. Littering large amounts can attract up to a court-imposed fine.
To report a littering offence, record the details of the type of littering, where it took place and vehicle registration details and ring the Litter Hotline number on 1300 135 513.
Visit www.environment.tas.gov.au/litter to report littering online.