Litter and Illegal Dumping

Litter and Illegal Dumping

The City encourages residents and visitors to help keep our natural environment clean and litter free. Littering is an offence under the Litter Act 1979 and the City’s Rangers issue fines to offenders.


  • Rubbish thrown from a moving vehicle or dropped by pedestrians.

  • Building and household rubbish or green waste placed on street verges.

  • Placing advertising materials on vehicle windscreens.

  • Dumped trolleys.

  • Improperly disposing of used syringes.

Illegal Dumping

  • Illegal dumping is deliberate littering in streets, parks, building site bins, vacant land or into the bush. More serious forms occur when trailers and truck loads of items are dumped into isolated areas such as National Parks, bushland reserves, parks, industrial and building sites, or even outside charity bins/shops and median strips.

  • People caught illegally dumping can be prosecuted under the Litter Act 1979 which attracts a minimum fine of $200 (maximum penalty $10,000 if taken to Court).

  • If reporting, please provide vehicle identifiers such as registration number or make.

Abandoned Vehicles

  • Abandoned Vehicles are held for a minimum of 14 days.

  • If the legal owner does not claim them during this period, the vehicles may be disposed of in accordance with the Local Government Act 1995.

  • Visit our Impounded vehicles section for more information.

Help us keep our City beautiful


  • Depositing all litter in the bin.

  • Not depositing commercial or domestic waste in public litter bins.

  • Ensuring goods carried on trailers, utes, and trucks are covered and properly secured.

  • Ensuring building site waste does not affect your neighbours.

  • Not removing shopping trolleys from shopping centre car parks.

  • Reporting abandoned vehicles.

For more details about offences, penalties and reporting visit the Keep Australia Beautiful website.

For information on a comprehensive waste and recycling service provided to the community by the City, visit our Recycling and Waste page.

How to report dumped trolleys

For trolleys from shop(s) Contact details
Woolworths, Big W, Dan Murphys or call 1800 641 497
Coles, Kmart, Target, 1st Choice Liquor or call 1800 876 553 (will be collected within 24 hours)
Bunnings 1300 554 777
Aldi 13 25 34

Note: call charges may apply.