Reporting a litter offence
Reporting a litter offence

Reporting a litter offence

Reporting a litter offence

Reporting illegal dumping and dumped rubbish
Last updated on: 26 March 2024

Urgent requests

  • If you are witnessing illegal dumping currently in progress, please report it by contacting the City on 1300 4 CANNING (1300 422 664). You can call this number 24-hours a day for urgent/high priority assistance.
  • This will allow an Officer to respond with the highest priority.

What is litter/illegal dumping?

Litter is an offence under the Litter Act 1979 and is defined as any refuse that is discarded in an open or public place and can include:
  • any material that is thrown or allowed to fall or is blown from a vehicle (including cigarette butts)
  • placing waste in a reserve or public place
  • placing domestic or commercial waste in a public rubbish bin
  • bill posting - advertising material being displayed on any buildings, fence, furniture, pillar, tree, vehicle or other structure without permission from the owner
  • leaving of posting of advertising material in any unoccupied vehicle in a public place
  • any material not appropriately stored or secured on a building site that is allowed to blow or wash away.
Littering is an offence under the Litter Act 1979 and modified penalties can be imposed.

Rubbish on private property

  • Although the City may investigate and prosecute where possible, it will remain the land owners responsibility to remove the items or material where the offender cannot be identified.
  • If on vacant land, the land owner is required to make the report.

How can I help?

  • You can help to reduce litter by becoming a Keep Australia Beautiful WA registered Litter Reporter and reporting offences on 1300 00 73 76 or Keep Australia Beautiful WA.
  • You can also refer to for information on free and safe disposal of unwanted household chemicals or hazardous materials.

Raise a request

  • To report a litter offence to the City, please click on the button below.
  • An Officer will take action within the next 48 hours.