Illegal Dumping

Have you spotted any dumped rubbish on the road, in a park, or on Council land? If so, please report the issue to us so we can investigate it further.

What is Litter?

Litter forms a serious sign of pollution and can cause injury to people and wildlife. It also encourages pest animals such as rats and mice to spread of germs and disease.

Littering is a serious offence and heavy fines may be issued to offenders under the Environment Protection Act 1970 and Darebin Council’s Local Law 2015. Council's Litter Investigations Officers are authorised to issue on the spot fines to offenders.


Litter remains one of our major environmental problems. Litter and littering includes:

  • Anything left where it is not meant to be
  • Rubbish and furniture put on roadsides or outside shops (including charity shops)
  • Spoil and other building materials outside of a construction site
  • Rubbish and litter thrown from motor vehicles
  • Cigarette butts
  • disposing household or business rubbish in a public litter bin
  • Advertising material placed under windscreen wipers
  • Bill posters
  • For more information please see EPA Victoria.

Reporting Littering

If you witness someone dumping waste illegally or littering, record the location, date, time and other important details (e.g. car registration) and report it to Darebin Council Customer Service at 8470 8888.


You can also report those who you see litter from or near a motor vehicle directly to the EPA through their Report Litter phone app. You can download the app for free here.


What can you do?  

  • Call Darebin Customer Service and book in a hardwaste collection to dispose of your unwanted household goods appropriately. You are entitled to two collections a year (conditions apply)
  • Take your unwanted items to Resource Recovery Centre

Darebin have a resource recovery Centre that is open 7 days a week to accept different sorts of rubbish and waste


For further information please visit the Resource Recovery Centre (Tip)


Donating to Charity Stores


Donations to Charity Stores can only be donated during the store opening hours. Penalties will apply to any person found illegally dumping items outside of the store.


Further information on donating to Charity Stores can be found via the following links:


Abandoned and wrecked vehicles can be impounded, especially if they are causing an obstruction on a public road or reserve. Owners need to claim their vehicle within 7 days or the vehicles and contents can be sold, destroyed or donated.

Council can impound unregistered and abandoned cars, trucks, motorbikes, trailers, caravans and tractors (including contents) according to the Local Government Act (1989).

An Unregistered or Abandoned Vehicle Notice may be placed on a vehicle that is deemed abandoned, wrecked or causing obstruction (illegal or dangerously parked) on a public road or reserve (does not apply to private property). The notice advises the owner to remove the vehicle from the street immediately or the vehicle will be impounded.

Fees and Fines
An impound fee of $353 (and a storage fee may apply) applies to owners claiming their impounded vehicle. A fine may also be issued to the last registered owner.

Unclaimed Vehicles
Owners must claim their vehicle within 7 days from the date of impoundment. Vehicles that are unclaimed will be sold, destroyed or donated (including their contents) in order to recoup Council’s costs.

Further Information
Customer Service
Ph: 8470 8888 

If you find an abandoned trolley in your area please report it to the relevant abandoned trolley hotline.

Trolley Tracker
For abandoned trolleys from Woolworths, Target, Big W or Dan Murphy’s:

  • Report online at
  • Phone 1800 641 497.
  • Get the Trolley Tracker App for iPhone or Android. 

1800 Trolley
For abandoned trolleys from Coles, Kmart, Target or 1st Choice:

  • Report online here.
  • Phone 1800trolley (1800 876 553).
  • Get the Coles Supermarket App for iPhone or Android. Please note, the Trolley Collect app has been replaced. You can now report trolleys directly through the Coles Supermarket App.

Other retailers
If you notice an abandoned trolley that doesn't belong to any of the above retailers, please contact the closest store of that retailer for assistance. 

Trolleys that contains dumped rubbish should be reported to Customer Service on 8470 8888.


If you noticed illegally dumped asbestos on Council roads, footpaths, right of ways, parks or reserves please report it to us immediately. Heavy fines will apply for illegally dumpers of asbestos material.

Asbestos was used due its resistance to heat, fire, water and chemicals as well as its affordability up to the mid 1980's. 

Illegally dumping of asbestos is a substantial hazard to residents, it becomes a health risk when asbestos fibres are released into the air and breathed in. If asbestos is disturbed it can release dangerous fine particles of dust containing asbestos fibres.

Visit Asbestos Victoria for all you need to know about asbestos and a listing of licensed removalists.

Further Information
Customer Service
Ph: 8470 8888