Litter, Dumped Rubbish and Hazardous Waste

Litter is unsightly and dangerous. It can cause injury to people and wildlife, encourages pests such as rats, mice and seagulls as well as the spread of germs and disease. 

Litter includes cigarette butts, dog litter, general litter, hard rubbish, hazardous waste, dumped rubbish and over-filled rubbish bins. It is an apple carelessly thrown out of the car window, a load that hasn't been secured properly on the back of a trailer or grass clippings that you sweep into the gutter.

Littering is a serious offence and heavy fines may be issued to offenders under the Environment Protection Act (1970) and the Whitehorse Community Local Law 2014 ( PDF 202.61KB). Council's Community Law Officers are authorised to issue on-the-spot fines to offenders.

Types of Litter and Waste