Litter and Illegal Dumping

illegal dumping

The Department of Environment Regulation (DWER) is responsible for the investigation and prosecution of illegal dumping under the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (EP Act). Illegal dumping is the unauthorised discharging or abandonment of large amounts of waste and is an offence under Section 49A of the EP Act. If caught and convicted, individuals face fines of up to $62,500; with businesses facing fines up to $125,000.

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What is illegal dumping?

Illegal dumping refers to the placement or removal of waste onto private or public land where no license or approval exists to accept such waste. It varies from small bags of rubbish in an urban environment to larger scale dumping of materials in isolated areas, such as bushland.

In Western Australia littering infringements can be issued by authorised officers including police and local government officers. 


The City takes illegal dumping seriously as it can have a significant impact on the environment, along with safety and aesthetics of the community. Illegal dumping can be contributed to environmental contamination and health concerns each year, through leaching hazardous substances into our bushland and water ways. Each year it costs local governments thousands to collect and dispose of the waste correctly while lessening the effects of harmful and hazardous substances leaching into bushland and waterways.

Why does it happen?

One of the reasons why people illegally dump is to avoid paying disposal fees or because they don’t have the time required for proper disposal. The City of Kalamunda residents are entitled to skips bins and free access to the Walliston Transfer Station for disposal with few items accruing a small disposal fee.

What happens if I see illegal dumping?

If you see anybody dumping illegally or spot illegal waste you can notify the relevant people through


Throwing, dropping or dumping rubbish may it be intentional or not is an offence under the Litter Act 1979. If prosecuted, the maximum penalties for littering offences is $5000 for individuals and $10,000 for corporations.

If you’re wondering what you can do to be smart about waste from your household, community spaces, school or business, check out the following resources:

  • R-Gang website
    Facilitated by the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council (EMRC) and its six member Councils, this site describes lot of ways for us to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Recover our waste
  • Keep Australia Beautiful website  - Do your bit to stop litter.
    Providing leadership in the field of litter prevention and reduction in Western Australia through community awareness and engagement, education, legislation and enforcement strategies.

Roads & Footpaths

There is a quarterly sweeping program for roads and footpaths and individual cases are dealt with as presented by the City. Please contact the City for more details.

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