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 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.

* Please note * Due to the current situation surrounding the spread of COVID-19, services at the Balcatta Recycling Station and Tamala Park may have changed. Please call ahead to ensure your materials can and will be accepted prior to arrival. 

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

On demand waste collection

In addition to the City’s existing general bulk waste verge collection (scheduled for April 2020), Vincent residents can also use a paid pick-up service for mattresses and white goods - these items will be recycled!

To find out more head to our On Demand Waste Collections page. 

Reporting Illegal Dumping

Our Ranger and Waste Management teams work hard to discourage littering and dumping, investigate offenses 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!

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