Central Coast Council, following the installation of 339 gross pollutant traps, has prevented 191 tonnes of waste from entering local waterways with stormwater during March and April 2022.

Consistent heavy rainfall meant the traps were flooded with water but stopped litter, dirt, sediment, and other pollutants.

Central Coast Council installed the 339 gross pollutant traps at key locations across the Coast – both below and above ground. The infrastructure plays an important role in protecting the Coast’s waterways and environment.

Council Administrator Rik Hart said this recent weather has shown us what ends up in the gutter, ends up in the waterways.

“While the Council actively stops some litter entering the waterways, we need the community’s help to stop litter flowing into our drainage systems in the first place,” Mr Hart said.

“Roadside litter is one of the most unnecessary and preventable environmental problems and can create all sorts of impacts for the flora and fauna that call the Coast’s local waterways home.

“Littering is not only damaging to our environment, but it is also a fineable offence. Everyone can play a role in reducing the impact of litter on local beaches and waterways.”

The New South Wales Environmental Protection Authority and local councils can issue fines from $250 for an individual and $500 for a corporation for littering from a vehicle, based on reports from members of the public.

Once the region experiences a longer period of clear weather, the conditions will be suitable for Council to program the collection and disposal of waste from other Gross Pollutant Traps yet to be serviced. 

Find out how you can report a tosser littering from their vehicle by visiting the NSW EPA website or calling the Environment Line on 131 555.


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