Illegal dumping

Illegal dumping is an offence and the Department of Environment Regulation is responsible for investigating and prosecuting.

Illegal dumping is the unauthorised discharge or abandonment of waste, which is an offence under section 49A of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (EP Act). The Department of Environment Regulation (DER) is responsible for investigating and prosecuting illegal dumping under the EP Act.

DER’s Illegal Dumping Program specialist team investigates and prosecutes those who illegally dump waste.

The program presents a strong deterrence to 'would-be dumpers' and carries out investigations and issues sanctions, including the commencement of prosecutions for illegal dumping.

The program promotes enforcement as a deterrent, through community awareness and media coverage and communicates appropriate waste disposal methods to effect change.

Partnerships with state and local government agencies, charitable recycling groups and community stakeholders assist in tackling illegal dumping, through covert operations and reporting of suspicious activity to the Pollution Watch Hotline on 1300 784 782 (24 hours) or via pollutionwatch@der.wa.gov.au.

Program Partners:

  • City of Armadale
  • City of Cockburn
  • City of Gosnells
  • City of Mandurah
  • City of Rockingham
  • City of Wanneroo.

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