Dumped rubbish

Dumping rubbish is illegal

Leaving rubbish on the footpath, nature strip, in a park, laneway, street or next to a bin is illegal. 

This includes leaving items outside a charity bin or op shop. Goods are exposed to the weather and to scavenging and can be damaged, leaving them unfit for resale. Charities spend millions of dollars every year cleaning up dumped rubbish. 

Council is able to issue a fine or prosecute the matter in court under the Environmental Protection Act 1970 if there is enough evidence to prove a person has illegally dumped rubbish.

On-the-spot fines for littering or dumping range from $119 to $239 for small items to a maximum of $4000 if the matter is prosecuted in court.

Litter and dumped rubbish are the most visible forms of pollution and are costly to remove. In just 5 years the cost to dispose of dumped rubbish has more than doubled and reports from the community about dumped rubbish have increased by nearly 200 per cent since 2007.

Report illegally dumped rubbish

You can report illegally dumped rubbish or the person responsible for dumping rubbish on a street, footpath, park or other public space through Council's website or contact Council.

If you saw the rubbish being dumped, please provide information like vehicle registration, make and model of the vehicle, time and place of the offence, description of the litter, and who the offence was committed by (driver or passenger). You need to be willing to appear as a witness in court if required.

Council's website has information on how to report an abandoned shopping trolley.

If you think a vehicle is has been dumped or abandoned, you can report an abandoned vehicle through Council's website.

You can also report littering from motor vehicles to the EPA and they can issue an infringement notices to litterers.

What happens after you report illegally dumped rubbish

When you report illegally dumped rubbish to Council, we try to find out who dumped the rubbish.

If we cannot find out who dumped the rubbish then we will remove it within 2 working days.

If we are able to identify the person who dumped the rubbish, we send a notice advising them of a breach of the Environment Protection Act 1970 and issue them with a fine and clean-up costs. In these cases it may take longer than 2 working days to remove the rubbish.

Ways to dispose of rubbish legally

The most commonly dumped items in Moreland are household rubbish, furniture, mattresses, green waste, computers and televisions. Sometimes dangerous goods and hazardous waste are dumped.

See Council's A-Z guide to waste and recycling for ways to reuse, recycle or responsibly dispose of items.

For household waste, Council runs a hard waste collection each year and there are also recycling centres and landfills (rubbish tips) close to Moreland.

For garden waste, you can order a green waste bin from Council.

For hazardous waste, see the Detox your Home permanent sites and mobile service.

See a list of charities that collect donations from your home.

Watch Council's keep your city clean video

A short animation describing the impact of rubbish dumping, other ways to dump rubbish legally, and who to report illegal dumping to.