How do I report someone tossing cigarette butts out of a car window?

If you see someone throw a cigarette butt from a motor vehicle, you can report it to the Environment Line at any time.
Online: Litter from a vehicle reporting form

Before reporting

You will be asked to provide the following details:

  • your contact information
  • vehicle registration details (number, state)
  • description of the vehicle (type, make, model, colour)
  • date, time and location of the observation
  • part of the vehicle the cigarette was ejected from
  • occupant of the vehicle who ejected the cigarette
  • whether the cigarette was lit or not.

Tip: If you don't have pen and paper handy, use the recording function on your mobile phone to make notes about the vehicle and incident. If you are driving, ask a passenger to record the details.

After the report

Once the observed vehicle's details are matched with a vehicle registration the owner of the vehicle will be sent an advisory letter.

Why cigarette litter is a problem

  • Approximately 7.2 billion cigarettes are discarded in Australia each year. If placed end to end they would extend 144,000 kilometres and circle the planet 3.6 times.
  • Cigarette butts make up 50% of litter items in NSW.
  • Cigarette butts take up to 5 years to break down.
  • Lit cigarettes being thrown from motor vehicles may be a fire hazard.

Smoking in cars with kids

Under the Public Health (Tobacco) Act 2008, smoking in a car with a child under the age of 16 is against the law. The ban is enforced by NSW police and on the spot fines apply to the driver and any passenger who breaks the law.

More information about smoke-free cars