Illegal dumping is the placement or disposal of any unwanted items over 50 litres in size in an area where it is not permitted. Littering is any waste that does not exceed 50 litres in size. Both not only leave our streets looking messy and unattractive, but can damage our environment, harm our wildlife and our health.
In Victoria, any items left on a footpath, nature strip or in front of charity stores are classed as illegal dumping unless approved by Council.
Illegally dumped items are investigated, and offenders are prosecuted under the Environment Protection Act 1970 where fines exceed $6000.
When disposing of unwanted items, remember the five R's - refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose, and recycle. If you cannot dispose of your items using the five R's, please book a hard waste collection or visit a waste transfer station. See more waste reduction options available here.
If you see dumped rubbish or someone dumping unwanted items within Greater Dandenong, it is important to provide as much information as possible, including:
You can report illegal dumping online, through SnapSendSolve, by phone or in person using a confidential litter report form.
If the illegal dumping occurs outside of the City of Greater Dandenong, you can report to the EPA Victoria on 1300 372 842 or online.
If you find a shopping trolley you can report it to Trolley Tracker or use SnapSendSolve.
Council is proud that many community members take the time to report illegal dumping.
Council continues to fund several initiatives for the reduction of illegal dumping, including: