Could this tough new measure stop ‘tossers’ for good? 68



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Don’t you hate seeing litter dropped on the street or in our beautiful natural places? And how about a hand tossing rubbish out a car window – does it make you mad?

If so, you’ll probably be right behind a private members’ bill to raise the fine for litterers from $400 to $1000.

Only problem is, the bill has been flagged in New Zealand by Auckland Central’s MP, National’s Nikki Kaye who spent a morning working as a rubbish collector in the city.

“In just three hours I collected over three tonnes of rubbish from the CBD,” she told the New Zealand Herald.

“If the bill is passed into law I would advocate for Auckland Council to impose the maximum fine possible for littering. We are a world-class city, the first stop for many international tourists and our city streets should reflect this.”

“The message is simple – put your litter in the bin or take it home. Treat our city like you would treat your home or backyard. We all want a city we can be proud of – one that is clean and free of litter,” she said.

Australia could certainly use more stringent litter laws to motivate people to change their behaviour. A recent study by Keep Australia Beautiful found that, while 90 per cent of Australians felt guilty about littering, a third of respondents admitted they kept doing it anyway.

What’s more, 99 per cent of people surveyed said litter bothered them.

Clearly something needs to be done to push people into action – whether that action is taking their litter home with them, picking up rubbish from the ground, or just walking the extra few steps to the bin.

The Keep Australia Beautiful survey found food, cigarette butts and small pieces of paper such as receipts were the most typically dropped items.

It also revealed the most common excuses for littering were that the piece of rubbish was ‘very small’, that it was biodegradable and that there were no bins nearby.

“It’s hard to believe that people will shop all day to bag a clothing bargain and line up for cheap petrol but they are prepared to spend millions of their taxpayer dollars on cleaning up litter,’’ said KAB Chief Peter McLean.

Does litter make you mad? Do you think a $1000 fine would stop people from dropping their rubbish on the ground?

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  1. People just do not care, or most ppl do not care. Today witnessed a woman??? throwing a cigarette but out the car window grrrrrrrrr.

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    • yes that is my greatest fear in summer that a grass fire will start on the South Gippsland highway in Victoria near where I live. we are on a dead end road too. horrible thought.

  2. Good idea but too hard to police. Our law enforcement officers have lots better to do than bust people for dropping rubbish.
    Lazy filthy people, messing up our environment .

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  3. I hate littering, but with ever increasing fees for doing the right thing, i.e. exorbitant tip fees, I think the problem is going to get a lot worse.

  4. I would think $400 for littering a fair wallop. It is no good raising the fine to $1000 if nobody is actually policing littering. I am sure if more people who dropped rubbish got fined some notice would be taken. Enforcement is the key like with some ignored road rules. Nothing disappoints more than great scenery covered in litter and cigarette butts.

  5. One of the best things about living in a small town, everybody knows everyone and no one would be game to litter or deface with graffiti.

  6. Weekends Bondi Beach is a disgrace, bins overflowing, take away food rubbish on the sand, smokers butts. With staff cuts who is going to police it all. Rangers invisible.

  7. If you see people leaving a picnic or park spot leaving their rubbish behind use your smartphone and send a picture on to the police as it is littering

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    • As if the police don’t have enough to do! Also, the people you’re photographing may well have complaints of their own, especially it there are children in said photo…lol

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