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Gallows Beach targeted as litter hotspot

Car park litter is making its way into the ocean.
Car park litter is making its way into the ocean. Max Fleet

IT'S hoped $25,000 in funding will reduce litter at Gallows Beach and stop rubbish making its way into the ocean.

Coffs Harbour City Council received the share in $1.2 million under the NSW Government's Council Litter Prevention program.

"Councils know where their litter hotspots are and they know how to tackle them better than anyone," Coffs Harbour MP Andrew Fraser said.

"The project will target takeaway and beverage containers, and cigarette butt litter.

"Two big belly solar powered bins and a cigarette butt bin will be installed (and) the government's Hey Tosser! anti-litter material will also be used to educate site users.

"Council staff will run an enforcement blitz to educate and encourage people to do the right thing."

More than $2.5 million distributed to almost 40 councils under the first two rounds of the program is said to have reduced litter by 60% at targeted hotspots.

Environment Minister Mark Speakman said the anti-litter grants program would continue to help the State Government achieve one of the Premier's 12 priorities, being the reduction of litter volume by 40% by 2020.

The NSW Government has also announced a statewide container deposit scheme, starting in July next year, to help meet this target.

"The scheme will offer a 10 cent refund for every eligible container that is marked with a NSW CDS label, to help to reduce the 160 million beverage containers that are littered in our communities every year," Mr Speakman said.

Topics:  andrew fraser coffs harbour city council gallows beach litter



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