Illegal dumping

The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation investigates and prosecutes illegal dumping offences under the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (EP Act).
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The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation investigates and prosecutes illegal dumping offences under the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (EP Act).

Illegal dumping is the unauthorised discharge or abandonment of waste and is an offence under s.49A of the EP Act. On conviction, the offence carries a maximum penalty of $125,00 for corporations and $62,500 for individuals. The department also investigates littering under the Litter Act 1979. Offences under the Litter Act 1979 carry a maximum penalty of $10,000 for corporations and $5,000 for individuals.

Illegal dumping of construction waste
Illegally dumped construction waste

We have a dedicated Illegal dumping team, that has the capacity to investigate reports of illegal dumping and implement proactive initiatives including deploying covert surveillance cameras. We respond to reports of illegal dumping from members of the public, through our Program Partners and Local Government Authorities.

In line with our Compliance and Enforcement Policy, where appropriate, information regarding prosecutions is publicly available. You can view our Media releases to find out more on illegal dumping and littering offences. You can also view our summary of prosecutions here.

Illegal dumping of whitegoods
Illegally dumped whitegoods

You can report illegal dumping to Pollution Watch via our online form or to our hotline on Tel 1300 784 782. We have partnered with Crime Stoppers WA to provide another avenue for community members to anonymously report illegal dumping. You can find out more on the Crime Stoppers WA website.

Program partners

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We work with our program partners to tackle illegal dumping. We provide technical support and training in investigative techniques, access and use of surveillance equipment and educational material including signage, stickers and scene tape.
Page reviewed 1 September 2021