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Vic litter bugs pay up big for cigarettes

AAP logoAAP 28/08/2016

Chucking a cigarette out of a car window has landed almost 15,000 Victorians with eye-watering fines up to $600.

During the 2015/16 financial year the Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) handed out more than $6.5 million in fines.

Most of the fines were related to cigarettes, Environment Minister Lily D'Ambrosio said.

"More than 75 per cent of reports made to EPA were for people discarding cigarettes from their cars, which equates to more than 10,000 cigarette butts that have been thoughtlessly thrown onto Victorian streets in the last year alone," Ms Ambrosio said in a statement on Sunday.

Fines range from $311 for a small piece of rubbish or unlit cigarette to $622 for a lit cigarette.

People from Craigieburn, Werribee and Reservoir were the worst offenders, while the most reported cases were in Melbourne, Altona and Altona North.

Ms D'Ambrosio said overall, Victoria's total litter count is 47 per cent lower than the national average.

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