Proposals to hike fines for littering could be a step closer following the drawing of Coromandel MP Scott Simpson’s private member’s bill today.
Scott says an increasing frustration at the level of litter and fly-tipping has motivated him to take action.
“The current laws allow councils to issue infringement offences for littering, but people don’t seem to be getting the message.
“Councils need more tools to help prevent littering and keep our communities safe and clean. This bill will see the maximum infringement councils can impose increase from $400 to $1000. This will send a clear message to those who litter that it is entirely unacceptable.
“By increasing the maximum fine there will be a greater deterrent for littering while avoiding using the courts which is expensive and time consuming.
“I acknowledge that catching people in the act is an issue, but I’m hoping that in promoting this bill and raising greater awareness, we will remind people to keep an eye out for those who may be illegally dumping waste.
“We are a clean and green country and need to be tougher on litter to ensure we remain so.”
Scott is keen to engage with the community on other measures that will lead to a decrease in litter.