15 Jan 2013

Litterbugs face heavier fines

People dropping items of rubbish deemed dangerous such as lit cigarettes will face hefty fines of up to $5000 from today under new anti-littering rules introduced by the State Government.

Amid WA's continued poor performance with littering compared with other States, the Government has significantly increased the penalties applying to people caught dumping rubbish and waste illegally.

Environment Minister Bill Marmion said the laws would see those caught dropping hazardous material such as glass or lit cigarette butts liable to on-the-spot fines of $500, up from $200.
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