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Powell Media Release – Minister calls on motorists to stop rubbishing our roads (20 August 2012)

Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection
The Honourable Andrew Powell
20/08/2012

Minister calls on motorists to stop rubbishing our roads

Environment Minister Andrew Powell is calling on Queenslanders to support this year’s Keep Australia Beautiful Week, from Monday 20 August to Sunday 26 August.

Mr Powell said it’s important to make sure rubbish goes in the bin.

“The work of Keep Australia Beautiful in highlighting the dreadful impact of littering on our environment is really important,” Mr Powell said.

“Litter looks terrible, it’s expensive to clean up and it can be devastating for our waterways and our wildlife.

“Events like Keep Australia Beautiful Week remind us that we all have a part to play when it comes to doing our bit for the environment.”

Mr Powell said this year’s campaign was aimed squarely at motorists with the message to stop rubbishing our roads.

“Every year our highways are strewn with tens of thousands of tonnes of rubbish,” he said.

“That’s everything from takeaway¬†containers and wrappers, newspapers to cigarette butts, drink cans and water bottles.

“We’ve already got a simple and effective way to report littering from vehicles and I encourage anyone who sees that kind of behaviour to get online and tell us about it.

“Let’s send a clear message to people littering on our roads that their rubbish is not welcome here.”

Anyone who witnesses littering or waste dumping from a vehicle, trailer or vessel can report it through the Environment and Heritage Protection website. Details are found at http://www.ehp.qld.gov.au/waste/illegal_dumping_litter.html.

Include the time and place, the vehicle’s details and registration number as well as any other observations that may be helpful.

[ENDS] 20 August 2012

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