Litter is visual and environmental pollution. It gives an impression of neglect and encourages more littering. Studies have shown that the presence of litter and graffiti in an area strongly influences people's perception of personal safety.
- Over the next five years council shall spend almost $10 million emptying litter bins, street sweeping and collecting dumped rubbish.
- On-the-spot fines can be given for any persons found littering, unsolicited advertising, littering from cars or having unsecured loads.
- Under the Environment Protection Act 1970, on the spot fines can be given for littering, unsolicited advertising, littering from cars and having unsecured loads. Fines can range from $200 up to $4000.
A Litter Prevention Task Force has been formed to address the litter problem within our City. The task force includes council staff, councillors, people from local business and community groups and organisations, local media and environment groups.
The major objectives of the Litter Management Strategy are to:
- Make litter prevention a strong corporate focus
- Raise awareness of litter prevention activities
- Improve community and trader perception of cleanliness within the City
- Educate the community and enforce the Litter Act
The Litter Prevention Task Force is currently focusing on:
- Producing a strategy to combat litter
- Highlighting the cost to the community of littering
- Streamlining procedures within council for dealing with dumped litter
Litter Prevention Fact Sheet
Dumping of rubbish is illegal with fines of up to $4280.
If you see someone dumping rubbish you should report the following information to the council's Customer Service Centre or the Environment Protection Authority:
- Registration number of the car or truck
- Date, time and location
- Information on what was being dumped
Council regularly empty street litter bins. Bins are emptied in different cycles depending on their location:
|Central business district
|Other shopping centres
||Between 2-5 days
||Between 2-5 days
Please contact the council customer service centre regarding any of the services below:
To report a bin that is full or untidy
To report a street bin that is damaged and needs repair
To make a request for a new street litter bin