Throwing or dropping litter, even unintentionally, is an offence under the Litter Act 1979. Dumping rubbish of any kind on any land not specified as a waste facility is also considered littering and attracts the same penalties under the Litter Act.
People in Western Australia can help call litterers to account by reporting littering or dumping of matter from a vehicle once registered with the Litter Reporter scheme.
If you are a reporter still using physical report cards and you need to update your contact details, retrieve your Litter Report Number, or request more cards, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Litter Reporter Scheme
Watch the video below for more information on the scheme.
When reporting littering it is very important to collect information on the:
When KAB receives your litter report, Authorised officers will investigate the complaint and take the appropriate action. An infringement of up to $500 may be issued for individuals or up to $2,000 for companies.
The registered owner of the vehicle is considered to have committed the offence unless they can give the name of any person authorised by the registered owner to use the vehicle at that time.
The driver is also responsible for their passengers in relation to this offence unless they can give the name and contact details of the passenger concerned.
When littering or dumping from a vehicle is reported to KAB, a fine or infringement notice is issued to the registered owner. If the registered owner was not the person responsible, there is a section on the infringement notice which can be filled in to give the name and contact details of the person responsible.
If the driver has not committed the offence they may fill in a statutory declaration stating that they did not throw/drop the litter and that they did not see who did. This can be sent to KAB where the fine will be reviewed. It is an offence to make a false or misleading statement on a statutory declaration.
There are strict rules and laws for drivers of vehicles with regard to mobile phone use. KAB will not accept any liability for people being fined for using a mobile phone/device while in control of a motor vehicle.
For information on the rules and penalities on the use of mobile phones while driving, see the Office of Road Safety.
Where the vehicle is a company vehicle, the registered owner who receives the fine may send a statutory declaration stating that they did not throw, drop or dump the litter and name the person who was authorised by them to use the vehicle at the time. The declaration must include the name and address of that authorised person. If the owner wishes KAB to consider any other relevant facts relating to the offence, which could disprove the reported litter offence, these must included in the statutory declaration.
Note: All the above options require a Statutory Declaration. An ordinary letter, fax or e-mail is not acceptable. Statutory Declaration forms can be obtained at Post Offices or online.
DWER’s 24 hour Pollution Watch hotline – 1300 784 782
The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) is responsible for investigating and prosecuting illegal dumping under the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (EP Act).
Illegal dumping is the unauthorised discharging or abandonment of waste and is an offence under Section 49A of the EP Act.
On conviction, the offence carries a maximum fine of $125,000 for corporations and $62,500 for individuals.
Vehicle emissions have adverse effects on human health and the environment. The air quality impacts of grossly polluting vehicles are potentially thousands of times that of newer or well-maintained vehicles in the same class.
The Smoky Vehicle Reporting Program (SVRP) is a key initiative of the Diesel NEPM and the Perth Air Quality Management Plan. The program is implemented with the support of the Department of Transport.
For more information have a look at the Smoky vehicle reporting program.