Roadside mulch fires and discarded cigarettes

Most mulch fires are caused by discarded cigarettes under hot, dry conditions – smouldering for extended periods along
roadsides, particularly at traffic lights.

Offence Fine
Cigarette butt littering – individual $200.00
Cigarette butt littering – corporation $500.00
Littering that creates a public risk –individuals (includes lit cigarettes) $500.00
Littering that creates a public risk –corporations (includes lit cigarettes) $2,000
During a Total Fire Ban, disposing of burning tobacco, cigarette, cigar or match in circumstances likely to set fire to the bush; this includes throwing it from a vehicle. $25,000 or 12 months imprisonment

If a mulch fire is seen smouldering along the roadside or verge, call Fire Emergency on 000