South Australians caught littering from their cars will receive fines from today as part of the new campaign which has already resulted in 300 warnings being sent to litterers in the past three months.

The free Dob in a Litterer app and website were launched in February and allows South Australians to report littering from vehicles instantly via their Apple or Android phones, tablets or computer.

Reports to the app are sent directly to the EPA for investigation, and must be lodged within 14 days of the alleged offence.

A three-month grace period to create community awareness meant letters were sent to those reported via the app and website in lieu of fines.

Fines will range from $210 for general litter, $500 for lit cigarettes and higher for hazardous litter or illegal dumping.

Background

The campaign and online tools are part of the State Government’s commitment to introduce a public litter reporting system.

Since February, the app has been downloaded 1603 times, resulting in 300 warning letters being issued.

The app was developed by Green Industries South Australia and implemented by the EPA.

The majority of reports were for the littering of cigarette butts. The remaining reports were about general litter such as takeaway food containers, plastic bottles and paper.

The Local Nuisance and Litter Control Act 2016 is being formally introduced in stages, with the littering components of the legislation becoming operational from February 1. The local nuisance provisions will come in to effect on July 1.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation Ian Hunter

The uptake of this app over the past three months has been positive and shows that South Australians are serious about keeping their roads and communities clean.

We know from KESAB that cigarette butts and littering on highways continue to be major sources of rubbish in South Australia. The strong early embrace of this app by the community highlights that South Australian’s want to help keep the State clean.

I encourage South Australians to download the new app at www.dobinalitterer.sa.gov.au and report sightings of public littering to help keep our beautiful state clean and green.