Anything larger than 50 litres in size is considered illegal dumping, whereas littering is anything that is smaller in scale. There is a common misconception that small amounts of litter do not have a big effect on the environment. This is false.
Littering is regulated under the Environment Protection Act 1970 and hefty fines do apply, do the right thing and put it in the bin.
Council is committed to improving the amenity and health of the community with new initiatives being undertaken regularly. In 2015, 2017 and 2019, Council's efforts were recognised when Keep Victoria Beautiful awarded Greater Dandenong the Sustainable Cities - Litter Prevention Project of the Year award.
Make a commitment to yourself, the community and the environment by always binning your waste. Set an example and never litter, if you see someone who does call it out or report it to Council.
If you see someone littering before getting into a vehicle or from a vehicle, it is important to provide as much information as possible, including:
You can report littering online or in person using a confidential litter report form.
If the littering occurs outside of the City of Greater Dandenong, you can report to EPA Victoria on 1300 372 842 or online.
Litter Free Pledge
The Litter Free Pledge is a promise to refrain from contributing even the smallest piece of litter to our environment. It is a pledge to take responsibility for your waste, even if it flies out of your hand on a windy day or if there is no rubbish bin nearby. Littering pollutes our environment and significantly harms the use, enjoyment and value of our public places.
Check out these great ideas and initiatives on how to eliminate litter and keep our communities beautiful.
No Butts About It
Cigarette butts are the most commonly littered item in Australia. They make our way into our land and waterways, harming the environment and animals.
To make it easier to do the right thing, Council provides free portable ashtrays at customer service centres and has proactively installed ashtrays on public litter bins around the municipality.
Pick Up After Pets
Your pet's waste is litter and carries bacteria that is harmful to humans and the environment when it washes into our waterways and bay.
Remember to bring a bag and put it in the bin.
Feed the Bins, Not the Bins
While it can be a pleasurable experience to feed birds, we must remember they are wild animals and feeding can do bird harm. Feeding or leaving food such as bread, rice or food scraps is littering.
Enjoy watching local wildlife, but please feed the bins, not the birds.
The majority of litter dropped on city or suburban streets ends up in our waterways through stormwater drains.
Council has installed unique educational stormwater pits, developed a Raingarden Man animation, and developed a Healthy Waterway Heroes book and animation to highlight the importance of doing the right thing, and putting it in the bin as part of a series of Healthy Waterway programs.
Clean Up the Community
Putting your waste in the bin is the first step to preventing litter, if you're motivated to help the environment more consider picking up litter if you see it. There are a number of fun initiatives that you can become involved in, including: