WA government takes leadership on litter

Wednesday, 16 January, 2013

The National Packaging Covenant Industry Association (NPCIA) has commended the Western Australian government for significantly increasing fines for litterbugs over the weekend.

From 12 January 2013, litterers face higher maximum penalties for litter offences of up to $5000 and increased on-the-spot fines for unlit cigarette butt litter at $200.

“Enforcement is one of the essential elements of best practice litter management,” said Stan Moore, CEO of the NPCIA. “Along with the other pillars of awareness, infrastructure and design, it leads to the best outcomes in litter reduction.”

Industry is currently working through the Australian Packaging Covenant (APC), which is a collaborative agreement between government, industry and the community, to focus on these other ‘pillars’ of litter reduction. Programs have included public education campaigns and clean-up along roadsides, shopping malls, car parks and coastal areas.

“It is encouraging that the WA government is on board by sending out a clear message that it is taking littering very seriously,” said Moore.

“We commend the WA government for taking leadership in this very important issue and in addressing the litter problem across the state.”

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