Successful littering investigations

8th September 2020

On Friday, 1 November 2019 Mr Liam Michael Tristram appeared in the Joondalup Magistrates Court in relation to a Littering offence that occurred in State Forest in Jandabup in October 2018 

Mr Tristram pleaded guilty to the offence and the Magistrate imposed a fine of $800 and ordered costs of $766.40.


On Wednesday, 20 November 2019 Mr John Whenham Alden appeared in the Rockingham Magistrates Court in relation to a Littering offence that occurred in Waikiki in September 2018 as a result of a litter report from a registered litter reporter.

Mr Alden pleaded guilty to the offence and the Magistrate imposed a fine of $300, and ordered that Mr Alden pay the prosecution's costs of $766.40.  


On Wednesday, 12 February 2020 Ms Eunice Mary Woodbury appeared in Joondalup Magistrates Court in relation to a Littering offence that occurred in Joondalup in December 2018 as a result of a litter report from a registered litter reporter.

Ms Woodbury was found guilty and was ordered to pay a $200 fine and costs of $941.40.


On Tuesday, 11 February 2020 Mr Grant Charles Willoughby pleaded guilty to a Littering offence that occurred in December 2018 as a result of a litter report from a registered litter reporter.

The Magistrate imposed a $200 fine and ordered Mr Willoughby to pay costs of $550.


On  Friday, 5 June 2020 Mr Gerald Francis Stidworthy pleaded guilty to 3 charges of Littering, this was the result of a surveillance operation in State Forest by KABC and DWER investigators.

The Magistrate imposed a $3000 fine and ordered Mr Stidworthy to pay costs of $418.


On Friday, 3 July 2020 Mr George Edward Wates appeared in Joondalup Magistrates Court in relation to a Littering offence that occurred in Wilbinga in January 2019 as a result of surveillance operation by KABC and DWER investigators.

The Magistrate imposed a $350 fine and ordered Mr Wates to pay costs of $300.


Contact: kabc@kabc.wa.gov.au 

Help for communities to tackle litter in Keep Australia Beautiful Week

21st August 2020

$59,000 to reduce litter in local communities
Funding grants mark the start of Keep Australia Beautiful Week

Community groups in Western Australia will share in more than $59,000 as part of Keep Australia Beautiful Council's (KABC) Community Litter Grant scheme.

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson announced the grants at the start of Keep Australia Beautiful Week for 19 organisations to tackle litter problems in their local communities.

Grant recipients will use the funding for a range of sustainable projects, including beach clean-ups, education campaigns, reducing single-use plastics and cigarette butt litter.

Local governments, community groups, small to medium sized enterprises and schools are eligible to apply for KABC's community litter grants, which are awarded annually.

Keep Australia Beautiful Week, from August 17-23, is to raise awareness about the simple things we can do every day to reduce our impact on the environment and encourage action.

Communities and individuals can get involved in preventing and cleaning up litter through Keep Australia Beautiful WA programs, including Adopt-a-Spot, Tidy Towns, Clean Schools, Community Clean-ups and by becoming a litter reporter. Go to http://www.kabc.wa.gov.au for more information.

Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson:

"These Keep Australia Beautiful Council grants support community projects to reduce litter and change littering behaviour in our beautiful State.

"This year's successful projects are a diverse collection of ideas and projects to involve people at a community level to adopt anti-litter strategies.

"Encouraging communities to come up with their own ideas to prevent and clean up litter will result in cleaner and healthier local environments."

List of successful recipients is available here

Keep it clean: New strategy to reduce litter in Western Australia

21st August 2020
  • New litter prevention strategy aims to reduce litter by 30 per cent
  • A plan for long-term prevention of litter and marine debris 

A new target of 30 per cent reduction in litter levels within five years has been set with the release of the Keep Australia Beautiful Council Litter Prevention Strategy for Western Australia 2020-2025.

The five-year strategy sets four strategic objectives:

  • increase community understanding of the impacts of litter on the environment and support behaviour change;
  • contribute to the long-term prevention of litter and marine debris;
  • ensure the community is aware of the penalties for littering; and
  • monitor the level of litter in Western Australia and its marine environment, and evaluate the effectiveness of programs.  

The new litter prevention strategy is borne out of the excellent results achieved by the strategy between 2015 and 2020. The litter reduction target set in the 2015-20 strategy was for a 25 per cent reduction from the level of litter in 2012-13. Western Australia exceeded this target, achieving a 41 per cent reduction between 2012-13 and 2018-19.

The strategy is being released during Keep Australia Beautiful Week which runs from August 17-23.

The McGowan Government has undertaken extensive community consultation over the past two years on actions to address litter and single-use plastics, including a ban on lightweight plastic bags, and the introduction of the container deposit scheme, Containers for Change, which is due to start on October 1, 2020. Containers for Change is expected to further reduce litter over the life of this strategy.

Litter has a serious impact on the natural environment. One of the key objectives of the new strategy is to increase community understanding of the impacts of litter.

Even organic matter can take months to break down. It attracts animals to the roadside, which can be lethal for them and dangerous for motorists. It is also harmful for pets and wildlife to ingest decomposing rubbish.

Plastics have an especially devastating impact on animals and marine life, and cigarette butts remain in the environment for up to 12 years. Cigarette butts remain one-third of the litter items counted every year in Western Australia.

Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson:

"Western Australians are rightly proud of our beautiful State and we all want to make sure we focus on ensuring the cities, suburbs and towns we live in are clean, liveable environments.

"This litter prevention strategy is grounded in the community's effort to tackle litter. There are more than 43,000 Keep Australia Beautiful Council volunteers and more than 15,000 registered litter reporters in WA participating in litter prevention and community clean-ups, and they all need our support.

"The strategy will increase community understanding of the impacts of litter and the flow-on effects on our rivers and oceans, to bring about behavioural change."

 

Clean start for 2020 Tidy Towns Awards

15th June 2020

Keep Australia Beautiful Western Australia has restarted the Tidy Towns Communities Awards for 2020.

The Awards were postponed due to the impacts of COVID-19 but as a result of the success of control measures and the low number of cases in regional WA, the awards will now go ahead with communities invited to enter the awards from Friday June 12.

Entries will be open from June 12 until September 7, 2020, when submissions are also due. This allows suitable time for communities to address community sustainability projects and navigate changing social conditions as a result of COVID-19.

Submissions will be assessed in September and judging visits will take place in October and November.

This year marks the 51st year of the Keep Australia Beautiful flagship program, which recognises and rewards regional and remote communities that take positive action to protect and enhance their environment.

Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities is a Keep Australia Beautiful Council program funded by the Waste Authority through the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account. It is sponsored by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation and Main Roads WA.

Communities are invited to apply in one or all of the award's seven categories:

General Appearance;
Community Action and Wellbeing;
Environmental Sustainability;
Environmental Education;
Heritage and Culture;
Young Legends; and
Litter Prevention and Waste Management.

Tidy Towns Award information is available at http://www.kabc.wa.gov.au/get-involved/tidy-towns-sustainable-communities

Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson:

"Regional communities have faced considerable challenges in 2020 and it's time to celebrate some of the fantastic sustainable achievements that have taken place despite those difficulties.

"I encourage all regional and remote towns to enter and reward the good work being done by their communities.

"Having an opportunity to share community initiatives has always been a big part of Tidy Towns and we look forward to hearing those stories during the awards this year."

Funding available to reduce litter in WA

9th June 2020

To coincide with World Environment Day, the McGowan Government has today opened up applications for funding as part of the 2020 Community Litter Grants program.

Community groups, schools and local governments are invited to apply for grants of up to $10,000 for major initiatives or regional projects, or $5000 for local area projects.

The Keep Australia Beautiful Council's (KABC) 2020 Community Litter Grants aim to support projects and initiatives that focus on changing littering behaviour.

The grants are open to local governments, small to medium-sized enterprises, community groups and schools.

Successful projects will help to reduce litter at events, sporting and recreation venues, shopping and commercial precincts, roadsides and waterways ­- and will target the incorrect disposal of cigarette butts and takeaway food containers, and initiatives that reduce litter.

Projects funded through the 2019 Community Litter Grants included the City of Bunbury's Sea Bin installation (a first in the South-West), Collie's cigarette bin project and North Cottesloe Surf Life Saving's filtered water dispenser to reduce littered single use plastic bottles.

Applications for Community Litter Grants close on Friday July 24, 2020, with successful applicants announced in KAB Week 2020 which runs from August 17-23, 2020.

For application guidelines and more information on the grants program, visit http://www.kabc.wa.gov.au/resources/community-litter-grants

Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson:

"The theme for World Environment Day is 'Time for Nature'. Litter is not only a visible blight on our natural environment, but also causes considerable environmental harm.

"The McGowan Government is proud to support these grants and get behind Western Australians working protect their local environments with effective initiatives, projects and strategies to address littering in their local community."

Comments attributed to Keep Australia Beautiful WA Chairperson Michael Aspinall

"The KABC Community Litter Grants provide financial support and guidance for communities and organisations for the implementation of projects which make lasting changes that reduce litter and change littering behaviour.

"I encourage community groups and individuals to take advantage of these grants to help them run these important grassroots initiatives, which bring us closer to our ultimate goal of a litter-free Western Australia."