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Litter warning to boat owners

06 January 2011

Changes to Tasmania’s litter laws have enabled authorities to clamp down on littering from boats.

Recent amendments to the Litter Act 2007 mean that boat owners are now liable for littering from their vessels.

Members of the public have been encouraged to report incidents of littering from registered recreational and commercial motor vessels to the Litter Hotline.

The registered number or name of the boat can be provided to the hotline in the same way as reporting littering from a motor vehicle.

The Litter Hotline has been operating for nearly two years and has received more than 2250 reports of littering from motor vehicles.

As well as being unsightly, litter in waterways poses a threat to the marine environment.

Discarded fishing gear, cigarette butts, plastic bags and other waste should not be thrown overboard but collected and disposed of appropriately on shore.

The Environment Protection Authority is responsible for implementing and enforcing the Litter Act.

Members of the public can report a littering offence online or by phoning the Litter Hotline on 1300 135 513.