More than 1300 reports of littering from a vehicle have been logged through the Dob in a Litterer app in its first year, with 315 warning letters and around 800 fines issued to motorists across South Australia.
The programme launched last year as part of the State Government’s commitment to introduce a public litter reporting system. The Dob in a Litterer online tools, including an app and website, allow South Australians to immediately report littering from vehicles. Since its launch on 1 February 2017, the app has been downloaded 2939 times and more than 930 website registrations. All South Australians are encouraged to get involved in reporting litter being thrown from vehicles to keep our streets and our environment clean.
The Dob in a Litterer app can be downloaded for free from the Apple and Google stores or from www.dobinalitterer.sa.gov.au
The EPA website (www.epa.sa.gov.au) features a front tile linking to more information about the Dob in a Litterer campaign, including a video and update to date stats.
Dob in a Litterer uses the latest technology featuring drop down menus to identify the type, model and colour of the offending vehicle, a map to determine the exact location of where the littering took place, and also includes a photo feature to capture evidence.
Research has shown that cigarette butts remains the main contributor to litter in South Australia, with other items including takeaway food containers, plastic bottles and paper.
The Dob in a Litterer app has been specifically designed to target littering from vehicles.
Fines have been set at $210 for small amounts of general litter, $500 for Class B hazardous litter, which includes lit cigarettes or butts, used syringes and glass, and $1000 for quantities of litter more than 50 litres on volume, such as illegal dumping.
The launch of Dob in a Litterer coincides with the introduction of the litter provisions of the new Local Nuisance and Litter Control Act 2016, and a State Government commitment to introduce a public litter reporting system.
South Australia maintains its reputation for sustaining a clean environment and this legislation and the new app and website is making this happen. These reforms will significantly deter littering by giving the power to all citizens to report littering and result in reduced clean-up costs to local government, as well as improved services for the South Australian community.
The app is free and available for Android and Apple phones and tablets. Help Curb Litter. See it. Report it with the new Dob In A Litterer App.
For more information and Frequently Asked Questions visit the website www.dobinalitterer.sa.gov.au
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