Illegal Dumping and Littering

Read further information from EPA on litter or find out how to lodge a litter complaint.


Managing litter is everyone’s responsibility. Litter is unsightly, dangerous and reduces everyone’s enjoyment of the environment.

Managing litter starts with education and awareness about the litter problem. We can all make a difference by making better choices about the type of packaging we buy, how we dispose of our rubbish and what action we take upon witnessing illegal dumping.

Illegal Dumping:

Illegal dumping includes items such as bags of rubbish, garden waste, building materials, household goods, abandoned cars, scrap tyres and hazardous waste.

Dumping is unsightly, degrades the local environment, reduces property value and costs rate payers a substantial amount of money each year to clean up.  

It is unlawful to dump waste on land other than at a licenced landfill or waste transfer station or into an approved receptacle.

A landowner may report unlawful dumping on their land to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

A member of the public who observes what they may understand to be unlawful dumping should report it immediately to the EPA. 

If the site of unlawful dumping is Council owned land, the Council should be advised immediately.

It is useful to investigation and possible prosecution if details of any person or vehicle observed to be involved can be provided when reporting unlawful dumping to the EPA or the Council.


The simplest and most effective way to report an incident of littering or illegal dumping is by using the Snap Send Solve app.


Alternatively, to report a Pollution and Environmental incident to the EPA telephone: 1800 005 171 (this number is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

Or lodge a report online