Litter & illegal dumping

There are many forms of littering and the City's Community Safety Advocates will investigate all reports. We also conduct regular clean-ups, collecting wind-blown litter from major arterial roads and illegally dumped litter on verges.


Report illegal dumping and littering

Step 1.Take note of the location 

We will need to know where the dumped material or litter is located, this could include an address, street name or landmark.

Step 2.Take note of what you saw

We will need a description of the rubbish e.g. size, quantity, material type, any items that you can identify. You can upload an image if you've taken a photo.

Step 3.Report it

Please contact the City in any of the following ways:

What is illegal dumping and littering?

Litter is any general waste that is discarded in an open or public place. Illegal dumping includes rubbish dumped at the side of a road, or items left on a verge outside of collection times.

To ensure everyone continues to enjoy our City, we’ve placed bins on streets and parks throughout the City, however there are times that items are littered or illegally dumped. For example:  

  • any material that is thrown/allowed to fall, or blown, from a vehicle
  • placing bulk waste on your verge before the due date
  • disused vehicles left in a public place
  • dumping of unwanted household, commercial or industrial waste in an open or public place.

Littering carries substantial fines for both individuals and companies.

Keeping clean

Our litter vehicles collect around 4,012 bins from City buildings such as halls, libraries and community centres, as well as all street and park litter bins.

The City of Swan has 357 parks in our boundaries. The responsibility for some of these in new developments resides with developers. Most of the park bins are emptied weekly, however, some receive more services per week.

If you notice a change in the usage at your local park and feel it may require more servicing, due to overflowing bins, please contact the City on 9267 9267 or email and we will investigate it further.

A clean park or reserve discourages people from littering. A number of community members are getting involved in the Adopt a Spot program to help keep our City clean. The City of Swan currently has 44 registered sites as part of Adopt a Spot. Find out more about how to get involved in Adopt a Spot.

The City of Swan's Local Laws(DOC, 578KB) require all building sites to have a bin with a lid/cover onsite for all rubbish. If you're aware of a building site that does not have a bin, please contact the City's Customer Services on 9267 9267.

The City of Swan has partnered with Keep Australia Beautiful to support the Adopt-a-Spot litter program in Perth's eastern region.

The Adopt-a-Spot program is a simple way to volunteer a few hours to do your bit for a cleaner environment. You will receive free resources to help, insurance cover and an Adoption Certificate.

The Adopt-a-Spot program encourages community-focused organisations and individuals to keep their local environment clean by adopting a site in the local area to look after and keep litter-free.

Participants adopt a site to keep litter-free for two years and agree to do three to four clean ups per year.

To register call the Adopt-a-Spot Program Coordinator on 6467 5339 or visit Keep Australia Beautiful's Adopt-a-Spot.

CGG Adopt a Spot and clean up Fishmarket Reserve

CGG adopted a spot on May 18, 2018 and held a clean up day at Fishmarket Reserve, Guildford. Staff worked together to collect 12 bags of rubbish from the reserve, including rubbish from land and the river. Well done to CGG!

The Keep Australia Beautiful National Litter Index (NLI) is Australia’s only national, annual, quantitative measure of what litter occurs where, and in what volume. You will find more information about littering, reporting littering, illegal dumping and associated fines on their website.

You can help to reduce litter by becoming a Keep Australia Beautiful WA registered Litter Reporter and reporting offences to Keep Australia Beautiful WA. Once you have registered you will be sent an information kit and allocated an identification number.