Dob in litterbugs to help reduce spot fires

Small fires caused by cigarette butts being tossed out of car windows are placing an unnecessary burden on Department of Fire and Emergency Services resources.

In the period between December 20, 2016 and March 12, 2017, the Eaton-Australind Volunteer Fire and Rescue Brigade attended 13 fires along Eaton Drive, mainly caused by cigarettes discarded into median strip mulch.

According to DFES, the volunteer fire fighters logged a total of 113 hours attending to the outbreaks.

Community members can help reduce the incidence of these types of nuisance fires by becoming a Litter Reporter.

The Litter Reporting scheme is run by the Keep Australia Beautiful Council and is applicable to any act of littering from a vehicle, trailer or boat.

Reporting involves registering as a Reporter and filling out a paper or online form via the Keep Australia Beautiful website.

Once registered, reports can be lodged online or via an app.

Reported offences may result in a minimum fine of $200 dollars being issued to the offender.