Littering and illegal dumping

Laws and penalties

The Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011 (the Act) includes a range of offences for littering and illegal dumping, including:

  • general littering
  • littering from a vehicle
  • dangerous littering
  • illegal dumping
  • failing to clean up waste

The Act defines what is to be classed as illegal dumping and what is to be classed as littering based on the quantity of the waste deposited.

Waste fescriptor Volume
Litter (cigarette butts, fishing tackle, fast food wrappers, etc) <200L
Illegal dumping (mattress, bath tubs, bulk items, etc) >200L

Local Governments and the Department of Environment and Science (DES) have a shared responsibility for littering and illegal dumping enforcement.  Authorised officers from Council and DES can issue fines and direction notices to offenders of littering and illegal dumping.

Fact sheets

For further information regarding illegal dumping and littering please see the below fact sheets:

Illegal dumping and littering

Littering information sheet

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