Illegal Dumping & Littering
What is illegal dumping and littering?
- Large items (eg a fridge or couch)
- Bagged rubbish
- Green waste, including grass clippings
What is the difference between illegal dumping and littering?
- Litter covers a range of material from refuse, rubbish and animal remains, to rubble, garden waste and grass clippings.
- Dangerous litter takes in things likely to cause injury, disease or infection, ranging from glass to sharp metal and medical waste.
- Offensive litter includes rotting food, animal remains and discarded nappies.
What are the infringements and fines for 'littering'?
|1||First offence of littering or dumping (except where public safety is deemed an issue – see 4 below)||$100|
|2||Second offence within a 24-month period of the first offence||$200|
|3||Third offence within a 24-month period of the second offence and all subsequent offences||$300|
|4||Any offence of littering or dumping where the litter deposited is of such a nature as is likely to cause a risk to public health or safety, including all offences involving depositing glass, whether broken or otherwise||$400|
What we do about illegally dumped rubbish
Why is illegal dumping a problem?
- Hazards and risks – dumped waste can be dangerous to people, particularly when it includes hazardous waste like sharp objects and asbestos.
- Rising costs – to Council and to you! Removing illegally dumped waste costs a lot of money.
- Environmental damage – dumped materials can harm the local environment by killing birds and fish, damaging plants, soil and waterways.
- Decreasing property and community value – illegal dumping areas are ugly and we want the community to be proud of our clean city and our visitors to enjoy it too.
How you can help:
your friends and family to do the right thing. Not only does illegal
dumping cost the community a lot of money, it also has a major impact on
any dumped rubbish to Council as soon as possible so contractors can
remove it before people add to it.
your rubbish home with you. This will help stop public bins from
overflowing in popular areas. And if bins are already overflowing, don’t
add to the pile; take the rubbish home and dispose of it in your wheelie
reporting rubbish, it is very helpful if you supply photos that have a
location tag. This can be done by turning on your location services on
your smart device before taking the photo. This enables contractors to go
straight to the dumping site rather than spending time searching for the
you witness illegal dumping do not approach the offenders but take notes
or photos of the person and their vehicle. This can help with
identification and prosecution.
- Do not
pick up the rubbish and bring it to Council. Leave everything in place and
take detailed notes/pictures and report it to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 03 769 8600.
Page reviewed: 08 Jul 2019 5:15pm