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 the last five years the costs associated with illegally dumped rubbish have doubled. Last year alone Council spent close to $1 million removing and disposing of illegally dumped rubbish. Reports from the community about dumped rubbish have increased by nearly 200 per cent since 2007.
Report illegally dumped rubbish
Report illegally dumped rubbish through Council Online Services.
Any information can assist Council to undertake a formal investigation and ultimately stop repeat offenders from dumping rubbish in Moreland.
If you saw the rubbish being dumped, please provide information such as 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.
You can also report illegally dumped rubbish by contacting Council by phone.
What happens after you report illegally dumped rubbish
If we can, we try to find out who dumped the rubbish.
If Council cannot find out who dumped the rubbish, officers will work to remove the rubbish 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 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.