Report illegal littering and dumping. It costs rate-payers roughly $80,000 to clean up illegally dumped litter every year.
Report littering and dumped rubbish
We will investigate and collect litter or dumped rubbish from council land including parks and reserves, nature strips and along council managed roads.
Littering and rubbish dumping can range in scale from a single bag of household rubbish to large household items such as TVs, appliances and electronic waste, furniture, or mattresses. It can also include items outside the home like industrial waste, construction materials, garden waste, tyres, old cars and soil.
If you do see someone dumping rubbish, you should never put yourself in danger, do not approach the person.
You should also not touch the litter as tampering with the litter can disturb the investigation process.
Information that can assist us includes:
- The offender’s vehicle registration number (if known)
- A photograph, if safe to do so
- A description of what was dumped
- A description of the person seen dumping the rubbish (if known)
- The location - exact as possible noting closest intersection, identifying object or landmark
- The date and time
Please let us know if you see someone dumping rubbish or spot dumped rubbish on council land.
If the dumped rubbish is causing a hazard or is dangerous, such as over a road, please call us on 5366 7100 instead so we can attend as soon as possible.
What happens next?
Dumping litter and rubbish is an offence under the Environment Protection Act 2017. Council’s Community Safety Officers investigate all reports received.
Councils Community Safety officers will attend the dumped rubbish site and investigate if any identifying objects can be found. If no identifying objects can be found, the Community Safety team will organise the dumped rubbish to be removed.
If identifying objects are found, further investigations will take place. If this is the case the dumped rubbish may remain at the site until all investigations are completed.
Under the Environment Protection Act 2017 there are penalties for littering. The penalty given depends on the size and type of the dumped litter.