Litter control Print

 


The Shire encourages residents and visitors to help keep our natural environment clean and litter free.  Littering is an offence under the Litter Act 1979 and the Shire's Rangers will issue fines to offenders.
                
People caught illegally dumping waste in bushland areas or on road verges will receive a $200 on the spot fine.  Under the Litter Act, they could also face prosecution and incur a fine of up to $5000 for individuals and up to $10,000 for corporations. In addition the person or corporation will be added to the State of Western Australia's Name & Shame list.


 
These pictures have been taken from within the Shire of East Pilbara.




Help us keep our Shire beautiful by:depositing all litter in the bin
  • utilise the Shire's landfill facilities which are FREE for its residential citizens
  • properly disposing of cigarette butts in the bin
  • not depositing commercial or domestic waste in public litter bins
  • ensuring goods carried on trailers, utes and trucks are covered and properly secured
  • not removing shopping trolleys from shopping centre car parks
  • reporting abandoned vehicles



Why Should I care?

Unsecured loads can pose major safety risks to other drivers and cyclists.

  • Litter from unsecured loads is a hazard that can cause fishtailing and damage such as a flat tyre or even a traffic accident with injury or death.
  • At highway speeds, even small debris can be deadly.
  • The most common ways that road debris contributes to accidents is by either causing a driver to lose control of his vehicle, or by being launched by the tyres of a car into the windshield of another vehicle.
  • If items on the roadway are particularly large, they can necessitate sudden braking or require drivers to change lanes, increasing the risk of a collision.
  • Litter on our roads can enter the environment where it impacts on flora and fauna.
  • We must significantly reduce the amount of litter in our environment, to protect the health, safety and visual quality of the environment, people, and wildlife. 
Littering is Illegal
A load that hasn't't been secured properly, including sand, soil and small debris, which leaves a vehicle and becomes litter is illegal under the Litter Act 1979, you can be fined $200 on the spot. If your litter causes a serious incident, such as a car crash you may also be held liable. Click here to see video footage.