We run and support several programs to try and reduce litter across our city.
When you’re out and about, use our public bins. If you can’t find one, or if the nearest bin is full, don’t be a tosser - take your rubbish with you.
Want to help do something about litter in our parks and on beaches? Join the Picitup program.
Picitup volunteers remove litter from public areas, and record what they collect. This helps us understand where litter is coming from, and which places have the most litter. We can use this information to try and reduce littering from happening in the first place.
You can take part on your own or in a group, and we’ll give you a free kit to get started. Email or call us on 4227 7111 to join Picitup.
If you see someone littering littering from a vehicle you can report it to the NSW Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).
Fines starting at $250 can be issued from your reports.
Visit the EPA website and have these details handy to make a report:
- Registration of the vehicle (including state of registration)
- Location of the littering
- Your location
- The type of litter thrown from the vehicle
- How the litter was deposited
- Date and time.
Cigarette butts are tiny, but they’re really bad news for the environment. Cigarette butts dropped in the street or in our waterways leach toxic chemicals into our soil and water.
Bin your butt, or carry a pocket ashtray with you.
Council rangers can issue fines to people who litter with cigarette butts.
For more information about how cigarette butts affect our environment, see Keep Australia Beautiful’s website.
Fishing line and tackle causes a huge amount of injury to our local sea and shorebirds. It can cause a slow and painful death to birds in some cases.
We’ve installed Fishing Tackle bins at 12 popular fishing locations in our area, thanks to help from Australian Sea Bird Rescue South Coast and West Wollongong Rotary.
Make sure you use these bins when you’re fishing, or take your used line and tackle with you.
If you're having a party or holding an event, think twice about including balloons.
We understand that balloons can be fun and festive, but they're also a risk to the environment. A CSIRO study found that balloons are in the top three most harmful pollutants threatening marine wildlife – along with plastic bags and bottles.
Even balloons that are biodegradable can cause litter before they break down.
Under our Single Use Plastics policy PDF, 52.19 KB, we don't use balloons at Council-organised events, and we encourage other event organisers to do the same.
It's also illegal to release 20 or more gas-filled balloons under the Protection of the Environment Operations Amendment (Balloons) Act 2000.
Some more environmentally-friendly decorations you might consider instead of balloons include:
- Flags, banners, bunting, kites, pom-poms or streamers.
- Dancing inflatables.
- Candles or LED candles. Make sure any 'real' candles or are properly supervised, and don't use them if there is a fire ban in place.
- Natural items like flowers or decorated rocks.
Whatever you use to make your party or event festive, make sure it doesn't end up as litter!
Chewing gum dropped on streets is not just gross and annoying – it’s also difficult and expensive to remove.
When you’re out in public, put your used gum in one of our many street bins.
Found an abandoned shopping trolley?
Report it to Trolley Tracker so it can be returned to where it came from.
Let us know if you find rubbish dumped in public areas.
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