Remarkable bottle journey


Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton says bottle 27 in the Cooks River will be tracked daily, with updates shared on social media to raise awareness about the distance litter travels.

Story appeared in: Torch | March 28th, 2017


SINCE 'bottle 27' splashed into the Cooks River last Wednesday, it's had a remarkable journey.
The plastic bottle is one of 40 branded bottles fitted with GPS trackers released into NSW waterways to show people how far litter can travel.
Bottle 27 entered the river at Beaman Park, Earlwood, last Wednesday and has since moved west, and currently is near the Brighton Avenue bridge at Campsie.
Over the past week, the bottle has travelled through Marrickville Golf Course, taken a short cut through drains under hundreds of homes in Earlwood, and is currently making its way up the river under Canterbury Road, past the racecourse, and is near Picken Oval, Campsie.
Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton says bottle 27 is part of the NSW Government's anti-littering campaign,Hey Tosser!, and will be tracked daily, with updates shared on social media to raise awareness about the distance litter travels.
"Collecting this information will help the NSW Government educate people about how damaging but preventable littering is to our environment," Ms Upton said.
"Many of the bottles floating in our waterways won't be there after December when the NSW Government's container deposit scheme is introduced but there is still much more litter being swept into waterways that can be prevented."
The 40 bottles and GPS trackers released in waterways across NSW will be collected at the end of April.
As part of the NSW Government's Hey Tosser!blitz, people are also encouraged to register to 'Report to EPA' when they see littering from a vehicle. Since February 2015, the NSW Environment Protection Authority has issued more than 17,200 fines. The EPA can issue fines of $250 for an individual and $500 for a corporation for littering from a vehicle, based on public reports. Around 25,000 tonnes of litter is tossed in NSW each year, costing the state more than $180 million to manage. To find out more, visitepa.nsw.gov.au/heytosser.



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