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Litter and community clean ups

Litter

Having a litter free environment is important for our community and our wildlife.

While most of us understand littering is wrong, most people will litter at some point in their lives, sometimes without even realising it. For example, did you know that placing rubbish next to a full bin is actually littering?

Wind and rain can easily move litter from where it was left and carry it into our drains, bushland, and ultimately our waterways. Once in our waterways and oceans, litter damages our aquatic and marine ecosystems, and can kill marine life and birds.

Litter boom full of bottles and can at Duck River

Council invests a lot of time and money into keeping our neighborhoods and environment litter free.

We have crews of staff who collect litter from our streets and parks, street sweepers collecting litter and debris from roadways, teams who install and maintain litter trapping devices in drains and outlets, and contractors who collect litter from along our waterways.

Together these activities collect over 185,000 kilograms of litter per year.

How you can help

A part from always taking your rubbish with you, there are many other things you can do to reduce the amount of litter in our environment.

Pick up litter when you see it

You can do this by yourself or join a group of like-minded people and do it together for the environment.

Take part in a clean up event

There are many regular community clean ups being run in the Parramatta area. You can find details of local clean up events at Clean Up Australia or by visiting the events section of the Liveable Parramatta Facebook page.

Join in on Clean Up Australia Day

Volunteers with bags of rubbish at Clean Up Australia

Clean Up Australia Day is on the first Sunday of March to be a part of the nations largest community clean up event.

Organise a clean up event

Choose a local area or one of our many parks and bushland areas and register your own clean up with Clean Up Australia.

You will receive a clean up kit (with rubbish bags, gloves, a first aid kit and sharps container) and information to help carry out your clean up safely.

Council can support you by providing litter collection and promotion. Please contact jguo@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au or call 9806 5444 to organise.

Say “no thank you” to single-use items

When you say “no, thank you” to single-use items like straws, bottled water, disposable coffee cups and plastic bags, you are avoiding potential litter.

You can support reuse programs to help to reduce litter and protect the environment, such as:

Fines for litter offences

Council Rangers have the power to issue on the spot litter fines ranging from $80-750.

If you see someone littering from their vehicle, you can report them to the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA). Fines range from $250 -$500.

To report littering from a vehicle you need to:

  • Have actually seen the litter being thrown, or blown, from the vehicle
  • Provide the vehicle registration details and the location where the littering took place
  • Report the incident within 14 days.