Litter is a huge problem worldwide. In Manjimup Shire, Rangers patrol and inspect regularly for littering and illegal dumping under the "The Litter Act 1979".
Many forms of littering take place such as domestic waste, green waste dumping, cigarette butts, shopping trolleys dumped and also abandoned vehicles.
If waste is found, investigations take place and can sometimes be traced back to offenders. Please report any known littering to Rangers on (08) 9771 7777 or on the website below.
Waste Product Decomposition Times
|Banan Skin - 3-4 weeks||Orange Peel - up to 2 years|
|Paper Bag - 1 month||Cigarette butts - Up to 2 years|
|Cardboard - 2 months||Plastic Bags* - Up to 20 years|
|Apple Core - 1 - 2 months||Plastic Bottle* - 450 years|
|Aluminium Cans - > 1 million years||Glass - 1 - 2 million years|
|*Petrochemical products never trul breakdown and remain in the environment forever.|
Littering is illegal
Legally, throwing out organic material like apple cores in public places is the same as throwing paper or cigarette butts. The law doesn't distingquish between organic and artificial waste.