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 and dumped rubbish?


Litter and illegally dumped rubbish are unsightly, expensive to remove and can damage the natural environment and human health.


Litter and illegal dumping include:

  • Anything left where it is not meant to be
  • Rubbish and furniture left on roadsides or outside shops (including charity stores)
  • Spoil and other building materials outside of a construction site 
  • Litter from overfilled household bins, and anything left beside, near or on top of household bins when they are out for collection
  • Litter thrown from motor vehicles
  • Cigarette butts 
  • Disposing household or business waste in a public street litter bin
  • Advertising material placed under windscreen wipers
  • Bill posters

Reporting litter and dumped rubbish

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 Council on 8470 8888.


You can also report pollution to the EPA Victoria, including smoky vehicles, illegal dumping, industry pollution and litter from cars. For more information on reporting pollution to the EPA, visit EPA Victoria.


Litter from or near a motor vehicle can be directly reported through the EPA Report Litter phone app and website


How can you help?  

  • Make sure all waste is contained inside your household bins when they are out for collection and that the lids are fully closed
  • Bring your household bins in from the street after collection
  • Dispose of household goods appropriately
  • Report illegally dumped material, bill posters, graffiti, used syringes and abandoned shopping trolleys.

Where can I dispose large and unwanted household items?

There are a range of options for disposing of unwanted household items in Darebin, including:

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.

Shopping Trolley Fact Sheet

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