To report illegal dumping in the City of Belmont, you can:
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the City’s Rangers on 9477 7224;
Phone the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation's Pollution Watch 24-hour hotline on 1300 784 782.
If you witness illegal dumping taking place, if possible, and without placing yourself at risk, try to note the:
Date, time and place the offence was committed;
Description of the offender;
Vehicle make, model, colour and registration;
Type of litter or nature of the illegal dumping.
Photographic or video evidence could also help Rangers follow up with any prosecutions that may result from the report. You can report littering or illegal dumping offences and remain anonymous, but being available for a witness statement could increase the chances of a prosecution.
In WA littering infringements can be issued by authorised officers including police officers, local government rangers and other officers employed the government to oversee the protection of the environment and waterways.
Littering fines are $200 for individuals and $500 for corporations (businesses). Fines for some offences are $500 for individuals and $2,000 for corporations.
If taken to court, maximum penalties for littering offences are $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for corporations, or in the case of offences against the litter regulations, $5,000 for both individuals and corporations.
In cases of littering from vehicles, where neither the litterer nor the driver of the vehicle can be identified, the person responsible for the vehicle (usually the registered owner) will be deemed to have committed the offence and will have to pay the fine unless they can identify the offender.
Illegal dumping can be prosecuted under the Environmental Protection Act 1986 with maximum fines of $62,500 for individuals and $125,000 for corporations. Under the Litter Act 1979 minor illegal dumping can attract an infringement notice of $500 or $2,000 if taken to court.