Littering

The City’s Rangers monitor littering under the Litter Act 1979 and can impose on-the-spot fines for offenders. The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation investigates and prosecutes for illegal dumping under the Environmental Protection Act.

The City’s Rangers keep the City tidy by making sure the community complies with the Litter Act. Rangers may impose on-the-spot fines for breaches of the Litter Act.

Help us to keep our City tidy

  • Deposit litter in proper refuse bins and receptacles
  • Do not deposit commercial and domestic refuse in public litter bins
  • Secure and properly cover loads on trailers, utilities and open trucks
  • Do not deposit refuse in bushland or parks
  • Do not allow building site refuse to adversely affect neighbours
  • Return shopping trolleys to the store and do not abandon them in streets or parks.

Some of the more common offences and penalties under the Litter Act are:

  • Breaking of glass: $500 for an individual, $2,000 for a Body Corporate or court action
  • Bill posting and particularly bill posting on vehicles: $200 for an individual, $500 for a Body Corporate or court action
  • Depositing domestic or commercial waste in public litter receptacle: $200 for an individual, $500 for a Body Corporate or court action
  • Cigarette butt disposal: $200 or court action
  • Transporting load inadequately secured: $200 or court action.

The most common offence is that of general littering. This can be as a simple as discarding a piece of paper or cigarette butt. Discarding biodegradable matter such as apple cores and other fruit is also classified as littering. If your lawn mowing contractor deposits your lawn clippings onto a vacant block of the land next door, or on the road reserve opposite, they are also committing a littering offence. The act of dumping or abandoning a disused vehicle on the road, verge or a reserve is also littering.

The City’s rangers are authorised to issue littering fines when appropriate. Littering offences can also be reported to the Keep Australia Beautiful Council

If you spot litter or illegally dumped waste, please Report It.