Littering

Under Western Australia's Litter Act 1979, littering is illegal. 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.