Littering

Littering

Littering and dumping are illegal practices where people deliberately deposit their rubbish on land or water.

It can include unwanted items dumped on streets, in parks or on building site bins, or tossing used furniture or other items on vacant land or into the bush.

More serious illegal dumping occurs where people fill up trailers and trucks and dump items in areas where they think they will not be seen such as National Parks, bushland reserves or parks.

This negative and harmful practice shows disregard for Albany's natural environment. There is no excuse for this type of dumping when there are existing waste services available.

The City of Albany offers convenient waste disposal services at very reasonable rates. Many unwanted household items can be disposed of for free. For more information please Waste & Recycling Centres.

Reporting Litter

For litter which has been dumped on public land, please contact the City on 6820 3000 or report it using the 'Report It' form.

Litter which has been dumped on private property is the sole responsibility of the property owner. The property owner has the option of referring their complaint to the Keep Australia Beautiful Council (KABC).

Litter dumped on public land can reported using our Report It form or to the Rangers Team on 6820 3999. Rangers will attend to investigate and arrange for litter to be removed.

The Keep Australia Beautiful Council, through the Litter Report Scheme, issues infringements in response to litter reports from community members who are registered litter reporters.  This scheme uses reports of littering from vehicles (cars and boats only).

Fines for Littering

Offence

Penalty- Individual

Penalty- Corporation

Littering – cigarette butt, general littering

$200

$500

Bill Posting

$200

$500

Depositing domestic or commercial waste in a public receptacle

$200

$500

Littering that creates a public risk **

$500

$2000

Transporting load inadequately secured

$200

N/A

** Examples include: Breaking glass, metal or earthenware, littering of car bodies and car parts, batteries, hazardous chemicals or medicines, fridges and freezers with doors attached, tyres, lit cigarettes and syringes.

The maximum penalties for littering offences is $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for corporations.

Littering and illegal dumping of a more significant nature may be prosecuted under the Environmental Protection Act 1986, carrying a maximum penalty of $62,500 (individuals) and $125,000 (corporate bodies). More information on illegal dumping available at www.der.wa.gov.au.

In Western Australia littering infringements can be issued by authorised officers that include: police officers, local government rangers and other officers employed by government departments that oversee the protection of the environment and waterways.

Information for vehicle owners

In cases of littering from vehicles, where neither the litterer nor the driver of the vehicle can be identified, the person responsible for the vehicle (usually the registered owner) will be deemed to have committed the offence and will have to pay the fine unless they can identify the offender.

Hazardous Litter

“Littering that creates a public risk’ attracts an infringement penalty of $500 for individuals and $2 000 for corporations. Examples include (but is not limited to) the littering of car bodies and car parts, batteries, hazardous chemicals or medicines, fridges and freezers with doors attached, tyres, lit cigarettes and syringes. 

How can I be fined for littering?

In Western Australia littering infringements can be issued by authorised officers that include: police officers, local government rangers and other officers employed by government departments that oversee the protection of the environment and waterways.