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 2017 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:
- items that have been dumped
- the location of the illegal dumping
- the date and time you saw the illegal dumping
- any identifying details such as vehicle make, registration and colour
You can report illegal dumping in the City of Greater Dandenong via four options below.
If the illegal dumping occurs outside of the City of Greater Dandenong, you can report to the EPA Victoria on 1300 372 842.
Call Customer Service on 8571 1000.
Call Centre hours: Monday - Friday: 8.30am - 5pm.
Call Centre diverts to an after hours service at other times (emergencies only).
Visit us in person
Visit Council's customer service centres and submit a hard copy confidential litter report form.
We have three Customer Service Centres spread throughout the City. To find your closest centre, view the locations at the bottom of this page.
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:
- portable surveillance camera program including roll-out strategy
- proactive monitoring of strategic locations for the installation of illegal dumping signage
- proactive patrolling throughout the municipality