Rubbish bins

Litter

Keep Australia Beautiful (KAB) provides leadership in the field of litter prevention and reduction by helping to change the attitudes and behaviours of the community.

KAB oversees the operation of a number of programs related to community education, enforcement, encouraging and rewarding sustainable behaviour change, as well as strategic policy.

KAB administers WA's Litter Act 1979 and is responsible for enforcement of litter and illegal dumping fines and for recommending and influencing legislation and regulations that improve and protect the environment.

The Litter Prevention Strategy for Western Australia 2015-2020 sets out a framework for leadership from State Government, as well as collaboration with stakeholders to protect the environment.

The State Government, through the KABC, will implement litter prevention activities under seven priority areas: research and data, auditing and evaluation, policy and legislation, public education, information and training, enforcement, physical intervention and stakeholder responsibility.

To access the Litter Prevention Strategy, visit here

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Shopping trolleys

February 2016

MWAC has developed a short Background Paper on illegal dumping of shopping trolleys. The Paper that has been developed to identify the impact of illegal dumping of shopping trolleys and what Local Government can do to help address the issue.

Research indicates that illegal dumping of shopping trolleys is a small but persistent illegal dumping issue for Local Government. The Report identifies a number of recommendations to respond to illegal dumping of shopping trolleys, including engagement with retailers and compliance options. Local Governments have authority through various legislative instruments to address illegal dumping of shopping trolleys, including the Activities in Thoroughfares and Public Places Local Law, the Local Government Act 1995 and the Litter Act 1979.

The Shopping Trolley Background Paper is available here.

 

Balloons

June 2015

MWAC has developed a short Background Paper on helium balloon litter, with recommendations for Local Governments looking to adopt a formal Council position regarding organised helium balloon releases.

Research indicates that balloon litter has a detrimental effect on the environment, particularly marine birds and animals. The Helium Balloon Background Paper has been developed to identify the effect of balloon litter and what Local Government can do to help address the issue.

Local Government, through its own policies, can discourage the release of helium balloons at events and promote more meaningful alternatives.

The Helium Balloon Background Paper is available here.