A HIGH amount of rubbish dumped on roadsides has prompted authorities to fight fire with fire.
Signs have appeared along South Gippsland and Bass Coast roadsides, spreading an anti-littering message.
The signs are a trial run by Bass Coast and South Gippsland shire councils, Sustainability Victoria and VicRoads, funded with a grant of $16,000 from Sustainability Victoria.
Bass Coast’s acting infrastructure director Jamie Sutherland said substantial amounts of rubbish were found on local roadsides.
“It’s people tossing out rubbish and unsecured loads. When people are taking rubbish to the tip, there might be litter coming from that,” he said.
“I would not say it (littering) is out of control, but it is something these signs will be able to help us manage.”
The signs are located in areas where litter has been found, including on the way to local tips.
Rubbish has ranged from packing through to building rubble.
“Both VicRoads and councils do spend a fair bit of resourcing trying to keep the area tidy. Hopefully by doing a program like this, it will save us costs in the long run,” Mr Sutherland said.
There are two types of signs: one with a positive message about keeping locations tidy and another urging drivers to secure their loads.
“Hopefully the positive message sign is having an impact on people that might just throw their rubbish out of the window,” Mr Sutherland said.
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