Local Nuisance & Litter Control

The SA Environment Protection Authority has recently launched the Dob in a Litterer program aimed at reducing rubbish and protecting South Australia’s environment. You can report instances of littering such as cigarette butts, fast food packaging and any other litter coming from vehicles using the Dob In A litterer website or app. Fines between $210 and $1,000 can now be issued to the registered owner of a vehicle where littering is proven.

More information can be found here http://www.dobinalitterer.sa.gov.au/ or by contacting the EPA on 8204 2004.

The Local Nuisance and Litter Control Act 2016 is new legislation which will commence in two parts: the provisions relating to littering will commence on 1 February 2017, with the local nuisance provisions commencing on 1 July 2017.

Under the Act, Councils will inherit an array of functions and responsibilities previously undertaken by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).

These responsibilities will include having to investigate complaints about:

  • noise
  • odours
  • smoke, fumes or dust
  • animals
  • insanitary conditions on premises
  • unsightly conditions on premises, caused by human activity or lack of activity

The Local Nuisance and Litter Control Act 2016 is significant legislation for Councils in South Australia and it is anticipated it will assist in resolving local nuisances complaints through Councils.  The Act also has a strong focus on managing littering and illegal dumping across South Australia.

The Act confers a significant role on Councils to implement the legislation.

What does this mean?

Members of the community will be able to make minor complaints about local nuisance, littering and illegal dumping to Council instead of the EPA. Council will manage complaints in accordance with its delegated powers.

Additional Information

For additional information in regards to the act please check the LGA website here, or an information sheet which explains the changes here

For any enquiries regarding the Act or any enquiries or complaints regarding litter within the Council area please contact Council on 8563 8444.