A woman from Ferntree Gully has been ordered to pay hundreds of dollars in fees after dropping a lit cigarette in a car in Boronia.
The Victoria Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has charged the woman after she was reported by a member of the public for littering in the Boronia Village parking lot.
Ringwood court placed the woman on a conduct bond and ordered her to pay $ 753 in legal fees to the EPA.
The woman is the third person to pay hundreds of dollars for cigarette butts dropped in the past two months.
A man from Wantirna paid $ 1,000 in fines and fees for dropping a cigarette along a road in Scoresby, and a man from Dandenong North paid $ 200 each for two cigarettes he dropped on a street in Windsor.
The EPA receives 20,000 trash reports each year and works closely with government, industry and the community to use the intelligence and surveillance to target offenders.
EPA’s director of regulatory programs Dan Hunt says it’s often community members who report the waste.
“Victorians don’t like garbage, and as many offenders are finding, it can cost you a lot more than the little effort it takes to do the right thing,” Mr. Hunt said.
“Put out the cigarette and put it in a garbage can, or take it with you.”
Members of the public can report the pollution by calling the EPA’s 24-hour hotline at 1300 EPA VIC (1300 372 842).
Discarded cigarette butts pollute Victoria’s roadsides, many find their way into nearby waterways, and any burning cigarette butt creates a fire hazard.
In each of the three recent court cases, the witness who reported the litter has offered to provide evidence to the court if necessary.
The EPA issued more than 13,000 garbage violation notices in the past fiscal year.