Litter bugs will cop a decent fine

A plastic bag filled with 1800-plus cigarette butts hand picked from the front of a Barossa health service in late March has left a Nuriootpa resident appalled and seeking answers.

The littered butts were collected by Michael Andrews from Tanunda Hospital's front door drain, the rose garden and under a tree located on the grounds, metres from a 'butt out' disposal bin located near the footpath.

The non-smoker said he was "appalled" by the number of cigarette butts he noticed lying around after visiting his mother, a patient of the hospital at Mill Street.

"Three-quarters of this (the bag) was found under the tree," he said.

While there are non-smoking signs located on the health service's front door and nearby bricked entrance, Mr Andrews' investigations have led him to discover the gardener is responsible for the maintenance of the lawns and roses only.

"They (staff) know who could be doing this but said they can't do anything about it," Mr Andrews explained.

According to the hospital's directory of nursing and midwifery Trudi Morrissey, the site is a non-smoking facility.

"The hospital has clear signage and patients are advised of this policy on admission," Ms Morrissey said.

"Staff ask people to refrain from smoking on the premises if they see them. There is a disposal bin for cigarette butts outside the boundary.

While it is unclear who removes the butts from the garden and front entrance, Ms Morrissey said "staff empty the designated bin on a regular basis".

According to SA Police it's up to the local council to enforce littering and dumping of rubbish offences.

"SAPOL have issued a fine for the odd cigarette butt from a vehicle etc but they are rare," the media spokesperson said.

The Barossa Council responded saying "The Local Nuisance and Litter Control Act provides significant penalties for the inappropriate disposal of litter."

"In the case of a single cigarette butt, an expiation notice with a fee of $210 could apply, or a maximum penalty of up to $5000."

Yet the council did not explain whether the site is on their radar or if they have handed out fines.