Litter and illegal dumping

Victorian councils spend almost $105 million to provide litter maintenance, street sweeping services and to clean up illegally dumped rubbish each year. As well as being costly, litter and illegal dumping is unsightly, causes environmental damage, and can be dangerous to people and animals.

MWRRG is supporting councils to prevent and manage litter and illegal dumping through actions in our two year Metropolitan Melbourne Litter Plan. The plan aims to introduce consistent approaches to managing and collecting data on litter and illegal dumping and help councils to work together to respond to these issues.

Our suite of resources and initiatives helps councils prevent and respond to litter and illegal dumping:

  • An Illegal dumping prevention kit that shows councils how to prevent small scale kerbside illegal dumping. It provides a consistent approach to educating residents on legal disposal options and collateral to support the management of booked collections and illegally dumped waste.
  • The Councils Litter Environment Action Network (CLEAN), which provides council officers a forum to report and discuss litter project issues and share best practice litter prevention and management.
  • Case studies and project resources from the successful Litter Hotspots Program, which aimed to reduce litter in all waterways entering Port Phillip Bay.

If you see someone illegally dumping, report it to your council or call EPA’s 24 hour pollution hotline on 1300 372 842.

Metropolitan Melbourne Litter Plan

  • Metropolitan Melbourne Litter Plan 2020-22 Report 718 KB

    The Metropolitan Melbourne Litter Plan is a two year plan that aims to introduce consistent approaches to managing and collecting data on litter and illegal dumping and help councils to work together to respond to these issues.

Last updated: 03/02/2021