Every year, over 25,000 tonnes of litter is tossed in NSW, posing a major threat to the local environment, wildlife and costs ratepayers. 

The most common types of litter in NSW include cigarette butts, paper/paperboard, plastic, glass and takeaway packaging.

Around 50 million plastic bags enter the Australian litter stream every year, with 75 per cent of marine litter identified as plastic, and most of that comes from the land.

Takeaway containers are also a big contributor to litter, making up 23% of the litter in NSW.

Cigarette butts are also a major problem, they are toxic and leach chemicals into waterways.

You can be fined

If our rangers see you littering you can be dealt a one the spot $80 fine.  If you are caught littering from a vehicle the NSW EPA can fine you from $250 for an individual and $500 for a corporation.

How can I report littering from vehicles?

If you see someone littering from their vehicle, you can report them to the NSW EPA.

To report littering from a vehicle you need to:

  • have actually seen the litter being thrown, or blown, from the vehicle
  • provide the vehicle registration details and the location where the littering took place
  • report the incident within 14 days

Find out more on the NSW EPA website here (