Illegal Dumping

Littering and illegal dumping can have a big impact on our environment and safety as well as being an eyesore and affecting our enjoyment of public spaces. In October 2016, the City of Vincent entered into a partnership with the Department of Environment Regulation to deter and apprehend offenders.

Illegal dumping is the unauthorised discharging or abandonment of large amounts of waste and is an offence under Section 49 of the EP Act. On conviction, the offence carries a maximum fine of $125,000 for corporations and $62,500 for individuals. 

Throwing or dropping litter is an offence under the Litter Act 1979 and dumping rubbish of any kind (even small amounts) on a land not specified as a waste facility also attracts penalties under the Litter Act.

Illegal dumping and littering is an environmental, economic and social problem:

  • Removal is a major cost for the City and ratepayers.
  • It can be dangerous (e.g. hazardous waste).
  • It it unsightly, blocks access and attracts pests.
  • It is a waste of resources because most items can often be recycled or reused.

Did you know?

Your nearest recycling centres are in Balcatta and Tamala Park. They will take a number of items (many for free) including:

  • electronics, TVs, computers, mobile phones
  • white goods, ovens, washing machines, dishwashers, microwaves (fees apply for fridges)
  • metals, aluminium, steel and copper
  • household and office furniture (good condition)
  • household goods, kitchen utensils, tools, sports equipment
  • landscaping equipment (excludes scrap timber, green waste, soil, rubble and fibre cement)
  • household Hazardous Waste including batteries, paint, gas cylinders and chemicals

Balcatta Recycling Centre

238 Balcatta Road. Open 7 days a week. or call 9205 8555

Tamala Park

1700 Marmion Avenue, open 7 days a week. or call 9306 6303

Verge Valet Vincent

City of Vincent has introduced a pre-booked service called Verge Valet Vincent, in place of the traditional scheduled bulk waste service.

This will reduce the waste collected, increase recycling, allow residents to choose their own pick-up time and limit the timeframe for piling junk onto the verge.

Verge Valet™ is a pre-booked, flexible collection service for residential bulk waste. Verge Valet replaces the traditional set-date bulk waste collections previously offered by the City.

To find out more head to our Verge Valet™ Vincent page. 

If you have already used your free Verge Valet allocation for the financial year, you may choose to purchase additional collections through Verge Valet Extra. This is a pre-paid private collection service that follows the same terms, conditions and guidelines as Verge Valet™. See above for booking and set out details.

To book a Verge Valet Extra collection, follow the above steps for Verge Valet™ Vincent and then select the Verge Valet Extra box at the end of the Booking Request Form to pay.

Reporting Illegal Dumping

Our Ranger and Waste Management teams work hard to discourage littering and dumping, investigate offences and to clear and dispose of rubbish and dumped goods.

You can help us to keep Vincent beautiful by reporting illegal dumping to the City on 9273 6000.

Please provide as much of the following information as possible:

  • Location of dumping.
  • Descriptions or photographs/ footage of persons if witnessed.
  • Details of vehicle make, model, colour and registration, photographs or footage if witnessed.
  • Details of items being discarded.

Please also remember that leaving items outside of charity shops (unless inside an approved donation bin) is dumping, not donating.

Please note that illegal dumping on private property is the responsibility of the owner to dispose of.

Thank you for helping us to make our City a safer and better place to be.

More Information

Department of Water and Environmental Regulation - Illegal Dumping

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