Dob in a Litterer
A new litter reporting app and website developed by the EPA has given power to the people who see someone committing a littering offence.
Since 1 February 2017, South Australians have been tapping into the Dob in a Litterer app and website to report cases of littering from vehicles.
Dob in a Litterer uses the latest technology featuring dropdown menus to identify the type, model and colour of the offending vehicle, a map to determine the exact location of where the littering took place, and also includes a photo feature to capture evidence.
Since 1 May 2017, fines are imposed on those caught littering from their vehicles following a 3-month grace period where warning letters were issued in lieu of fines.
Fines will range from $210 for general litter, $500 for Class B hazardous litter which includes lit cigarettes or butts, used syringes and glass, and $1,000 for quantities of litter over 50 litres such as illegal dumping.
The launch of Dob in a Litterer followed the introduction of the litter provisions in the Local Nuisance and Litter Control Act 2016, and a state government commitment to introduce a public litter reporting system.
South Australia maintains its reputation for sustaining a clean environment and this legislation and the new app and website are making it happen. These reforms will significantly deter littering by giving the power to all citizens to report littering and result in reduced clean-up costs to local government, as well as improved services for the South Australian community.
The app is free and available for Android and Apple phones and tablets.
For more information and Frequently Asked Questions visit the website.
Warning: It is an offence to use a mobile phone while driving.
Want to make a report?
The program enables members of the community to submit a report (known legally as a ‘citizen’s notification) which identifies a littering activity associated with a vehicle.
Reports can be lodged via the Dob in a Litterer app (available from the Apple and Google Play stores) and website.
The EPA will assess the information you have provided, and if deemed sufficient an expiation notice will be issued to the owner of the vehicle linked to the littering event.
It is important that you do not use a mobile telephone while driving. This includes to submit a report, or to take a photograph. Not only is this dangerous to yourself and other road users, it is also illegal. This means photographs taken while driving will be of limited value if the matter is challenged.
There are some very important considerations when submitting a litter report:
- Have you provided sufficient information that will enable the EPA to make an informed decision as to whether the issuing of an expiation notice is warranted?
- Is all the information you have provided accurate?
- Will you be willing to provide a statement and attend court as a witness if the matter is contested?
- Have you kept notes and saved any photographic evidence of the littering activity?
Received a littering fine?
When a report (known legally as a citizen’s notification) is submitted via Dob In A Litterer, the EPA assesses the information provided and then determines whether an expiation notice will be issued in relation to that offence.
Section 26(1) of the Local Nuisance and Litter Control Act 2016 places liability for littering offences on to the owner of the vehicle.
The expiation notice contains information relating to payment of the fine, requesting a review* of the notice and electing to be prosecuted.
General enquiries about the notice can be directed to:
- Environment Protection Authority, GPO Box 2607 Adelaide SA 5001;
- Telephone (08) 8204 2004
All enquiries related to payment (including payment plans), requesting a review or electing to be prosecuted must be directed to:
- SA Police Expiation Notice Branch, GPO Box 2029 Adelaide SA 5001,
- Telephone (08) 8463 4388
- Fax: (08) 7322 3559
*If you request a review of the notice through SA Police, the due date for payment will be placed on hold until the matter has been reviewed. If you submit an enquiry to the EPA the due date of the notice cannot be modified.
Sentencing remarks for all cases are available on the Courts Administration Authority website.
||18 October 2017
Cigarette butt was disposed of onto the road from the driver's window contrary to section 22(1) of the Local Nuisance and Litter Control Act 2017 (disposal of up to 50 litres of general litter).
|26 June 2018
Guilty. Fine of $1,000 plus prosecution cost of $800 and Victims of Crime Levy of $160.
|Damian Bryan Yates||12 July 2017
Cigarette butt and ash was disposed of onto the road from the driver's window contrary to section 22(1) of the Local Nuisance and Litter Control Act 2017 (disposal of up to 50 litres of general litter).
|13 June 2018
Guilty. Fine of $750 plus prosecution cost of $1,000 and Victims of Crime Levy of $160.
9 September 2017
8 May 2018
At a glance
Interested to know how many reports have been made since the app was introduced in February 2017?
Check out the visual summary which is updated every month. The data shown are totals since reporting first commenced in February 2017.
If you would like to know about totals from individual months, just select from the dropdown boxes.
This data is also summarised in a downloadable spreadsheet on DataSA. Due to rounding off the percentages do not add up to 100%.