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Litter, graffiti and dumped rubbish

Dumped rubbish

  • Council responds to reports of illegal dumped rubbish within 72 hours.

    Dumping rubbish and littering is a serious offence and heavy fines may be issued to offenders under the EPA Act and Moreland City Council’s Local Laws

    On-the-spot fines for littering or dumping are $363.  If the matter is prosecuted in court, this can reach $4000 for individuals and up to $18,000 for businesses.

    The dumping of litter and waste on the footpath or other public land including in reserves and parks or on private land is illegal.

    Council investigates all incidents of dumping and may proceed with enforcement action if council deems a person or business has dumped rubbish.

    You can also find more information about dumped rubbish on our website here.

    If you have any questions about the status of your request, please give us a call: 9240 1111

  • Report dumped rubbish through the Council website or contact Council.

    Report dumped rubbish

    Any information can assist Council to carry out a formal investigation and stop repeat offenders from dumping rubbish in Moreland.

    If you saw the rubbish being dumped, please provide information such as the 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.

    Report littering from motor vehicles to the EPA and they can issue an infringement notice to litterers.

    See how to report an abandoned shopping trolley.

  • We will respond to illegal dumped rubbish within 72 hours.

    Council investigates all incidents of dumping and may proceed with enforcement action if council deems a person or business has dumped rubbish.

    In some cases, reported rubbish may remain in place a little longer for council to complete its investigation.

Pay a dumped rubbish fine

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 our A-Z guide to waste and recycling for ways to reuse, recycle or responsibly dispose of items.

For household waste, we run 2 hard waste collections each year and there are also recycling centres and landfills (rubbish tips) close to Moreland.

For garden waste, you can order a food and garden organics 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.

We hear you Morelanders! Dumped rubbish is the number one thing you complain to us about. We hate it too. 


Littering is a crime under the Environment Protection Act 1970 and the most visible sign of pollution. The most commonly littered items are cigarette butts, plastic bags, packaging and take-away food and drink containers. Cleaning up litter is a direct financial cost to local and state governments and therefore to the community. The annual clean-up bill in Victoria costs the community around $80 million. The Environment Protection Agency has more information about litter and the effect it has on our environment. If you see litter on the street, pick it up if it is safe to do so and put it in a bin before it enters the stormwater system.

Report litter from a vehicle

You can report litter thrown from motor vehicles to the EPA and they can issue an infringement notices to litterers. Fines range from $330 for an unlit cigarette or small piece of rubbish to $661 for a lit cigarette.

Council supports community members who safely collect litter within Moreland. Find out how Council can help your community litter collection.

    • download EPA Report Litter app to your smartphone
    • online via the EPA Interaction Portal
    • phone EPA Litter Report Line on 1300 372 842, or
    • download EPA Litter Report Form and send to the EPA.

    When you report littering from a vehicle you need to provide the following details:

    • vehicle registration
    • vehicle colour, make and model
    • date, time and place of the offence
    • description of the litter, and whether it was thrown or dropped
    • who the offence was committed by (driver or passenger).

    Report littering 

Community litter collections

If you organise a community litter event be sure to register your event with Friends of Merri Creek. See the benefits of registering and how to access their litter collection kit and other resources on the community litter collection page.

Council encourages community members, schools and businesses to participate in the annual Clean Up Australia Day events and can provide resources for litter collection events every day of the year.

  • 10 clean up bags (half white bags and half yellow recycling bags)
  • 10  pairs of gloves
  • A sharps container (if requested)
  • A hi-vis vest (a fashionable safety accessory that helps people identify the Site Supervisor)
  • Paperwork kit
  • A small first aid kit
  • Hand sanitiser
  • A face mask


Council response to managing illegal graffiti

Melbourne is currently subject to Covid-19 restrictions. Graffiti removal is not an essential service, we will only be attending to offensive or political graffiti throughout the municipality.

The Moreland Graffiti Strategy 2017-21 (PDF 1Mb) outlines Council's strategic direction for managing illegal graffiti.

This strategy was developed in response to the increase in illegal graffiti in Moreland and the considerable social and economic costs to the community.

  • You can help prevent graffiti on your property by:

    • planting trees, creepers or fast growing vines to block access to walls and fences
    • using darker coloured materials and paints on fences
    • using rough or textured surfaces on fences
    • applying anti-graffiti coatings to paintwork in high risk areas
    • installing sensor lighting
    • breaking up large areas of fence line
    • keeping your property well maintained, and
    • removing graffiti as quickly as possible which helps to deter others.
  • Council is responsible for removing graffiti from property that is managed or owned by Council. This includes public toilets, street furniture, playground equipment, sculptures, artworks, bridges, roads, footpaths, bike paths and Council buildings.

    Council also works in partnership with the Department of Justice to remove graffiti from large public areas, parks and reserves, commercial properties and main roads.

    You can contact Council to report graffiti on Council property. Council Officers will remove the graffiti as soon as possible after they receive the report.

  • To report graffiti on other public property you need to contact the relevant authority.

    • Traffic lights, Traffic signal poles, Signal boxes or Most road signs

    Contact VicRoads: 13 11 70

    • Telephone boxes, Telephone stations, Telephone poles or Other Telstra property

    Contact Telstra: 13 22 03

    • Electricity poles or Electricity supply units

    Contact AGL Electricity (north of Moreland Road): 13 20 99

    Contact Citipower (south of Moreland Road): 13 12 80

    • Red letter boxes or Green delivery boxes

    Contact Australia Post: 13 13 18

    • Trains, Trams, Buses, Train stations, Tram and bus stops and shelters or Other public transport property

    Contact Public Transport Victoria: 1800 800 007

    • Glass bus and tram shelters

    Contact Adshel: 1800 501 402

  • You are responsible for removing graffiti on property that you own or manage.

    However, you can contact Council to help remove graffiti if it is offensive, such as swear words or racial or religious slurs.

    Graffiti removal kit

    Council can provide a free graffiti removal kit (DOC 1Mb) to remove grafitti from your property. There are different kits available for different surface types, such as brick, stone or concrete.

    Free paint voucher

    Council also offers free paint vouchers to the value of $40 or $80, which can be redeemed at participating stores within Moreland.

    Mobile graffiti removal kit

    To remove graffiti from larger areas Council has mobile graffiti removal kits available for loan which contain a high pressure unit and personal protective equipment.

    To request a graffiti removal kit or paint voucher contact Council. A Council Officer will inspect the graffiti on your property and provide you with the most suitable kit. Instructions are provided with the kits or you can watch the videos below.

    You can also visit the Victorian government Community Crime Prevention website for advice on graffiti prevention and removal, or watch the videos below provided by World's Best Graffiti Removal System.