Posted 2nd July, 2012 by Development and Environment Team
Public Litter Bins
Council currently provides public litter bins throughout the shire for the general public to dispose of their litter and rubbish. Bins are located in areas to maximise their utilisation. Sites include the town CBDs, parks and sporting facilities. Bins in particularly busy areas such as Tumut CBD are serviced ever. Other locations are serviced on regular schedules depending on their usage. Council staff empty approximately 200 street litter bins each week. This number increases over the summer months to cater for greater activity over this period.Depositing of domestic or commercial waste in public litter bins is illegal and can incur an on the spot fine.
The Butt Littering Trust website: www.buttlitteringtrust.org , now has tools and facts sheets to help counter additional butt littering associated with the introduction of smoking bans to apply in NSW from July 2007.
Without special effort from hotel, club and cafe managers and councils, the Trust believes an additional 429 million butts per annum may potentially find their way into the NSW environment.
The Trust says the answer lies in the education of smokers on the environmental impact of butt littering, the availability of strategically placed butt bins along with the enforcement of local litter laws.
The Trust website features a tool kit for councils, hotel and club facts sheets that can be shared with the hospitality industry, and case studies that show butt littering can be reduced using a common sense and community partnership approach.
7.2 billion butts a year enter the environment nationwide
Research shows smokers do not regard butts as litter
The Trust has run over 60 projects, most in partnership with councils, and invested approximately $1.2 million to reduce butt littering.
Mechanical sweepers are utilised to clean the Shire kerb and gutters, roadways and footpaths throughout the towns of Adelong, Batlow, Talbingo and Tumut. The gutters and footpaths within the Tumut CBD are swept on a daily basis, and in Adelong CBD three days per week, Batlow CBD two days per week and Talbingo CBD on request.
Primary town entrances are swept weekly, with secondary entrances serviced less frequently. Residential streets with formed kerb and channel are swept four times a year. More than 2000 hours are spent per year cleaning street and town entrances.
In addition to the programs identified above, hot spots and industrial areas are targeted on a regular basis, with particular attention paid to bark from timber trucks.
Loose Litter Collection
Loose litter is a major burden on Council’s resources. Each year Council staff spend many hours collecting loose litter. Community groups also voluntarily conduct regular/annual roadside clean-ups.
Littering offenders can incur significant fines in accordance with Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) regulations. Council’s local laws and compliance officers impose fines on behalf of Council, and the general public can also report offenders to the EPA.
Illegally Dumped Rubbish
It is illegal to dump materials on public land. This includes any type of domestic or industrial refuse, building materials, car bodies, rubbish or greenwaste including grass clippings.
Illegal dumping creates a significant problem for both Council and residents as money and resources which could be used to enhance the shire has to be used to clean up these deliberate acts of vandalism.
Council staff spend between two to three hours each week cleaning up deliberately dumped material at a costing more than $20,000 each year.
Council receives at least one call each month from the general public per year regarding dead animals on public land or roadways. Contact Council on (02) 6941 2555 to report animals and they will be dealt with promptly.