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Litter and illegally dumped rubbish

  • Please report any incidences of rubbish dumping on Cardinia Shire Council land. By doing this, you play a very important role in helping us track down people who dump rubbish, and in helping make Cardinia Shire a cleaner and safer place.
  • Don’t touch or remove the rubbish – you may put yourself in danger or remove valuable evidence.
  • Litter can cause many issues to the environment, people’s health and safety, and financial costs. 
  • We support community members who safely pick up litter. 
Yellow and black warning tape design: "illegally dumped rubbish under investigation"


Report illegal dumping online 

Alternatively, you can call us to make a report. 

During business hours: 1300 787 624

After hours: Call the Environment Protection Authority Victoria 24-Hour hotline on 1300 372 842 

  • Illegal rubbish dumping is on the rise in Cardinia Shire. Between 2016 and 2018, dumping cases increased from an average of 60 to 100 cases per month. 
  • Dealing with illegally dumped rubbish is very costly for Council. It also negatively impacts our environment, is unsightly and makes people feel less safe.
  • Commonly dumped items include furniture, tyres, mattresses, clothes, dirty nappies, food waste, packaging and building materials containing asbestos. Many dumped items are hazardous and can contaminate land or pollute waterways. 
  • Read more about our trial of CCTV cameras at dumping hotspots

Offenders may be charged under the Environmental Protection Act 1970 and if found guilty, face a maximum penalty of $6342.

Litter is anything that has been disposed of incorrectly and can end up in our streets, parks and waterways. 

Litter can cause problems for: 

  • animals and the environment 
  • the health and safety of our community
  • attracting more litter and other types of vandalism (such as graffiti, property damage). 

Littering is a crime under the Environment Protection Act 1970 and the most visible sign of pollution. If you witness someone littering please report it to the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria

The most commonly littered items are: 

  • cigarette butts 
  • plastic bags
  • packaging 
  • take-away food and drink containers. 

Cleaning up litter has a direct financial cost to local and state governments and therefore to the community. 

Cleaning up litter 

We support community members who safely collect litter within our shire. 

Litter can be collected by: 

  • Individuals – we support individuals collecting litter. If you see rubbish, help the environment by picking it up (if it's safe to do so) 
  • Community groups and events – picking up litter can be a great way to help out your community while having fun. We can assist you by removing your rubbish bags at the end of the event. To book a collection contact us on 1300 787 624 or
  • Community reports of litter – you can also report significant litter to us for clean up by contacting us on 1300 787 624 or

Clean Up Australia Day is Australia's largest annual community-based environmental event for collecting litter.

  • Find your local park, reserve or walking track that needs some extra care and register it for this year’s Clean Up Australia Day on Sunday 7 March 2021. 
  • Local businesses and schools can also join in the fun and sign up for Business Clean Up Day on Tuesday 2 March and Schools Clean Up Day on Friday 5 March 2021
  • For more info and to register your clean up event: Visit Clean Up Australia. Please register early to allow time for your free clean-up kit including bags, gloves and more to arrive. We'll assist by disposing of all rubbish collected.