Report illegally dumped rubbish
No one likes to see rubbish dumped on our roads, parks, and streetscapes.
Dumped rubbish is not only unsightly but also harms our natural environment, often becoming litter and ending up in our bay.
Dumped rubbish can typically include items such as furniture, electrical and white goods (fridges, washing machines, etc.), packaging materials and mattresses.
You can report instances of illegal dumping using the form below.
What is illegal dumping?
Illegal dumping means deliberately dumping, tipping or burying waste on private or public land that’s not licensed to accept it. Illegal dumping can vary from small bags of rubbish in an urban environment to larger scale dumping of materials in isolated areas, such as bushland.
Report to Council if you see someone illegally dumping rubbish:
- On nature strips
- In parks and/or reserves
- On local roads
- If you believe someone has dumped waste on your hard rubbish pile.
Note: Illegal dumping does not include littering.
If you believe it is illegal dumping then please complete the form below.
What happens next?
Our Local Laws team will investigate and, if appropriate, arrange for the dumped rubbish to be removed.
A person found guilty of illegally dumping rubbish can face significant fines. They may also be charged for the cost to clean up their dumped rubbish.
What if it's not illegal dumping?
Illegal dumping does not include general littering.
Litter means a quantity of waste that does not exceed 50 litres. Dangerous litter means litter that is wholly or partly comprised of one or more of the following:
- oil, fuel, grease, paint or solvents;
- a lit cigarette or lit cigarette butt;
- a syringe;
- any substance, material or other thing prescribed by Regulations.
If you see someone littering from a vehicle or near the vehicle they are using, you can report to EPA. Examples of types of litter include cigarette butts, plastic bags, food packaging and drinks containers. You can make litter reports to the EPA online using the EPA web form. Further information about reporting litter from vehicles can be found on the EPA website.
Rubbish on non-Council land
If rubbish is dumped on land that belongs to another government department, they are responsible for removing it. Other responsible departments may include Metro Trains, DHHS, or Department of Transport. If you are unsure, please use the form below and we will forward the request on to the relevant department. Otherwise please find contact details below:
- To report to illegal dumping at train stations, please contact Metro Trains on 1800 800 007.
- To report illegal dumping at a Housing Victoria site, please contact the Department of Health & Human Services on 1300 650 172.
- To report illegal dumping on a road which we don't maintain, please contact the Department of Transport on 9655 6666. Find out who maintains what.