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New litter laws introduced

People who litter will face increased penalties following proclamation of Tasmania's new litter laws.

Most provisions of the Litter Act 2007 are now in force and penalties for littering will increase.

Police, Parks and Wildlife Service rangers and some local government officers are now authorised to issue on-the-spot fines.

And from mid January the public will be able to report littering from vehicles to the litter hotline.

The new litter controls were developed in consultation with stakeholder groups, including local councils, and through a public consultation.

Measures in the legislation are intended to impress upon people the seriousness of littering and to encourage them to be more responsible in the way they dispose of litter.

The deposit of litter will attract penalties which increase with the amount littered.

Fines will range from a infringement notice for littering cigarette butts and similar small items through to a ,000 court penalty for larger amounts of litter.

The Minister for Tourism, Arts and the Environment, Paula Wriedt, said the State Government had given Tasmanians plenty of notice that new litter laws were on the way.

"These laws are now a reality and there should be no excuse for people who are caught. I encourage everyone to do the right thing," she said.

"When travelling in a vehicle think twice before flicking a cigarette butt or rubbish out of the window. Use the ash tray or a litter bag.

"People delivering advertising material should ensure leaflets are deposited in letter boxes and not indiscriminately tossed over a front gate or into the garden.

"And when transporting rubbish to the tip or storing waste material for collection, secure it firmly so it does not escape and become litter."

Advertisers have been warned against placing flyers on vehicle windscreens or posting bills without permission of the property owner.

These practices are outlawed under the new legislation to put a stop to a common form of littering.

Further information is available on the Environment Division website, www.environment.tas.gov.au.