Illegal dumping

It’s illegal to dump waste or litter in the City of PAE. Learn what illegal dumping and hard waste are, how to dispose of hard waste, what the penalties for illegal dumping are, and how to report illegal dumping and litter.

It’s an offence to litter or illegally dump waste in the City of PAE

Littering and illegal dumping is a constant and highly visible problem that pollutes the environment. It diminishes the value of public places and prevents people from using and enjoying them. Rubbish can spread disease, encourage pests, pollute water systems and harm wildlife. It impacts the health, safety and attractiveness of our environment and it carries large clean-up costs for private landowners, the council and for the state government.

Most of all, cleaning up and disposing of litter costs us time and money that could be better spent making our community better.

How to report illegal dumping

To report littering or illegal dumping in the City of PAE, give us a call on 8405 6600 Monday to Friday between the hours of 8.30am to 5pm, or complete this online form.

How to report abandoned trolleys

Abandoned trolleys make residential streets and parks look untidy, and it is the responsibility of the shops that own them to remove them. If you notice an abandoned trolley, you can report it at the Trolley Tracker website, where you can also go into the running to win a prize for making the report.

There are penalties for littering

The Local Nuisance and Litter Control Act 2016 ('the Act') came into effect on 1 July 2017. Under the Act, certain matters such as noise, odour and litter are defined as a local nuisance. Read more about local nuisance littering here.

Litter can be any solid or liquid domestic or commercial waste. For example:

  • Drinks containers
  • Chewing gum
  • Cigarettes or cigarette butts
  • Clothing, footwear or personal items
  • Dead or diseased animals
  • Demolition and building material
  • Food or food scraps
  • Furniture
  • Green waste
  • Machinery or equipment
  • Packaging
  • Vehicles or vehicle parts
  • Trolleys (you can report abandoned trolleys here)
  • Asbestos or items containing asbestos (Class A hazardous litter)
  • Live cigarettes or cigarette butts (Class B hazardous litter)
  • Used syringes (Class B hazardous litter)
  • Glass (Class B hazardous litter)

Maximum penalties

  • Class A hazardous litter (any amount): Body corporate $250,000, individuals $120,000 or imprisonment for two years
  • Class B hazardous litter/general litter 50L or more: Body corporate $60,000, individuals $30,000 or imprisonment for six months
  • Class B hazardous litter up to 50L: $10,000
Expiation fees
  • Class B hazardous litter/general litter 50L or more: $1,000
  • Class B hazardous litter up to 50L: $500
  • General litter up to 50L: $210

Instead of littering, book a hard waste collection

We provide a hard waste service to help residents and community groups dispose of waste items that don’t fit in regular bins. Find out more about hard waste.