Litter Infringements

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Fees and Charges - 2018-19​

(Litter Act 1979)
Where an offence fits more than one descriptor, the higher fine shall apply
Descriptors for typical offences*:

​Depositing litter of less than 1 litre

Examples: a takeaway container or contents of a car ash tray (it should be noted that enforcement of offences at this level is rare)


​Depositing litter from 1 to 20 litres**

Depositing potentially hazardous waste***

Examples: roadside dumping of a single 1.5 litre plastic bottle, any whole glass container
or a single disposable nappy, or placing household rubbish bags or accumulated car
waste in public litter bins


​Depositing litter from 20 to 120 litres****

Depositing waste in a public green space

Depositing material from plants listed in the Council’s Pest Plan Management Plan

Examples: roadside dumping of small volumes of household or green waste, or of any
pest plant material, or depositing any waste in a park


​Depositing litter of more than 120 litres

Depositing hazardous waste

Abandoning or depositing offensive material and/or other wastes that may pose
significant health risks or alternative waste that is deemed very offensive

Examples: dumping commercial waste, multiple disposable nappies, car parts or glass,
e-waste or animal remains​​​


*           Where an offence fits more than one descriptor, the higher fine shall apply. For repeat offending for the same offence within 12 months, the next higher fine level shall apply, if available.

**          20 litres is the approximate maximum capacity of two standard supermarket bags.

***        Hazardous waste includes hazardous substances as classified under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996 and other potentially dangerous items such as syringes and broken glass.

****      120 litres is the approximate maximum capacity of a standard 'wheelie bin'.

Page reviewed: 29 Jun 2018 2:47pm