A NEW app will mean everyday citizens can take on more responsibility for littering in their communities.
A new litter reporting app, Dob in a Litterer, and website was developed by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and was released earlier this month to give people the power to report in people littering from vehicles.
The public will be encouraged to report sightings of public littering from vehicles whereby they can submit via an app or a website the details of the offence such as location, timing and details and photo of any vehicle involved.
The app is aimed at speeding up the response to complaints from councils and from the EPA.
Port Lincoln residents Andrea Broadfoot and Jack Ritchie pick up litter on their morning walk every day and said if it made people more accountable, it could only be a good thing.
Mr Ritchie said in the past the pair had posted to social media pages to make people aware of the rubbish being left in public places, especially along the coastline and for a while it curbed the littering.
He said there needed to be positive responsibility when it came to littering and although blaming or reporting people did not seem like the answer, it might make people think twice.
Ms Broadfoot said most of the litter they picked up each day from Port Lincoln’s oil jetty and adjacent beach was fast food packaging.
She said people tended to visit the area to eat their food and then threw their rubbish out the window where it could blow on to the beach and into the water.
“We need to protect out fishing industry and the environment by making sure we are keeping rubbish off our coastline and out of the water,” Ms Broadfood said.
“If we can make sure people are doing the right thing and everyone is keeping an eye out it can only be a good thing.”
The launch of Dob in a Litterer coincides with the introduction of the litter provisions of the new Local Nuisance and Litter Control Act 2016, and a state government commitment to introduce a public litter reporting system.
From July 1 this year, all local councils will be responsible for responding to community complaints and enquiries regarding local nuisances in their area.