Report illegal dumping

Information for households


Pile of rubbish

Illegally dumped waste near residents can contribute to an unsightly environment that looks and feels unsafe, and can be harmful to the community.

Household waste dumping ranges from a single bag of domestic waste, to trailer loads of hard waste including discarded white-goods, furniture and bedding. On some occasions, high-risk materials like asbestos has been dumped in areas accessible to the general public.

Hotspots include:

  • roadsides and rural rest areas
  • gullies
  • bushland
  • vacant properties
  • parks, council or Crown land
  • charity bins
  • railway reserves and train station car parks.

Dumping is expensive and costs us all financially. Some councils have recorded costs of up to $100,000 a year to clean up waste.

Household waste dumping is often investigated by your local council, VicRoads, rail authorities, Parks Victoria and other government agencies.

You can report illegal dumping to EPA Victoria.

Waste and chemical offences

Dumping waste on any premises not licensed for this purpose is an offence. Dumping includes burying or stockpiling waste and is illegal whether it occurs on public or privately owned land.

Inadequate storage or handling of chemicals or waste is also considered to be a dumping offence.

Page last updated on 22 Sep 2016