From 1 February 2017 all Councils in South Australia will have additional powers to control and manage litter in their areas. These powers have been included in new legislation titled “Local Nuisance and Litter Control Act 2016” which was passed by the South Australian Parliament in 2016. It is anticipated that the local nuisance powers within that legislation will become operative from 1 July 2017.
As part of the legislation all residents of South Australia will be able to ‘dob in a litterer’ to report cases of littering from vehicles by clicking on the link www.dobinalitterer.sa.gov.au and/or download the Mobile App. The App is free and easy to use. After downloading, users complete a once-off registration process to commence reporting. Serious fines will apply for lodging a false report.
It is an offence under the Act to dispose of litter either on to land or into any waters and there are significant penalties where this occurs, depending upon the type and amount of litter that was disposed. The Act stands to reinforce that we all have a responsibility to ensure that deliberate littering does not occur and in situations where it may unintentionally occur, all reasonable steps should be taken to try and retrieve the litter. A litterer must also remove litter on request by an Authorised Officer.
Penalties for littering commence at $210 for an offence constituting disposal of general litter up to 50 litres.
More information about “what is litter”, penalties and your obligations under the legislation is outlined in the LGA Factsheet 1 - Litter and or visit www.lga.sa.gov.au/nuisanceandlitter for more factsheets. An information sheet has also been prepared by the EPA providing an overview of this new regulatory regime.
To view the new legislation visit www.legislation.sa.gov.au and find Local Nuisance and Litter Control Act 2016.