What is illegal dumping?
Illegal dumping and littering is dropping rubbish in a public place. Fines apply.
Examples of illegal dumping include:
- placing items beside your household wheelie bin or hopper
- leaving items beside public bins or hoppers
- dropping litter on the kerb, in your driveway or on/beside a public road
- dumping large items on pathways, in parks, waterways, or on your street
- dumping items on the ground at recycling drop off centres or resource management centres.
Remember, if you have a large item to dispose of, try a bulky waste collection.
Report illegal dumping online.
The penalty for littering or illegal dumping varies depending on the offence:
- Basic littering: $1,000 for individuals and/or $5,000 for businesses.
- Aggravated littering that could cause injury to person, animal or public place: $5,000 for individuals and/or $25,000 for businesses, or imprisonment for 6 months, or both.
- Dumping of illegal substances under the Dangerous Substances Act 2004: up to $200,000 for individuals and/or $1 million dollars for businesses and/or 7 years imprisonment and the possibility of other penalties.
Be waste wise
Find out what to do with your rubbish, including large items, e-waste, commercial waste and household waste in the Recyclopaedia.
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