Our commitment to reduce litter
Ku-ring-gai residents value a clean, green environment around them. We love spending time in the great outdoors, in shopping villages, at cafes and restaurants. Ku-ring-gai has a strong sense of community and wants our environment to be clean and safe.
Litter makes an area look dirty and uncared for.
The responsibility for litter rests with all of us, starting with our individual behaviour, right through to good infrastructure that enhances a clean environment.
There are many reasons why people litter. Some people litter because they can’t be bothered to find a bin. Others litter because it is simply a bad habit they have formed. Or they lack ownership, concern for others or the environment.
What is Ku-ring-gai doing about litter?
One of the keys to long-term behaviour change and reducing litter is to make it easy for people to ‘do the right thing’ by improving physical infrastructure. It also includes repairing or improving the furniture and landscaping.
Using NSW EPA Waste Less, Recycle More funding from the waste levy, Council has conducted a number of litter assessments across our town and neighbourhood centres. Results have been mixed with a few centres rated as highly littered. Cigarette butts and plastic drink bottle containers are our most littered item.
In response to the results, Council has prioritised litter prevention and is committed to meeting the State Government target of 40% litter reduction by 2021.
In 2014, Ku-ring-gai Council commenced the Litter Free Ku-ring-gai Program, upgrading the town centres of Wahroonga, Turramurra, St Ives and Pymble. Council recently re-assessed the town centres, and the results of the upgrades have continued to show plateaued or decreased rates of littering. In 2015, Wahroonga Village was the most littered town centre in Ku-ring-gai. It has now maintained a figure of 90% litter free for over two years.We're very pleased with this excellent result, and are eager to maintain this great record.
After the success of Wahroonga, Turramurra and St Ives, Council decided to extend the Litter Free Ku-ring-gai program with improvements in Gordon, Lindfield and Roseville and a number of Ku-ring-gai’s neighbourhood centres.
New bins and seating have been installed in Gordon, Roseville, Lindfield, and a number of our neighbourhood centres. Ongoing messaging to support the program will continue over the coming months. Look out for the Tosser message around our centres.
View more litter information on NSW EPA's website.