The best contact to report litter (and illegal dumping) depends on the type of litter or dumped material and where it is.
Report littering from a vehicle
If you see someone littering from their vehicle, you can report them to the EPA. Fines from $250 for an individual and $500 for a corporation can be issued from your report.
To report littering from a vehicle you need to
- have actually seen the litter being thrown, or blown, from the vehicle
- provide the vehicle registration details and the location where the littering took place
- report the incident within 14 days
The first time you submit a report you will be asked to register. You will need to have your mobile phone with you so you can receive an SMS text message that will verify your registration details. If you do not have a mobile phone, you will need to provide a certified copy of your photo identification.
You need to register to report, so we can be confident your contact details are correct. A fine may be issued based on your report, and we may need to contact you about the report. Also, if the offender chooses to have the matter dealt with in court we will need to contact you, and you may be required to attend court as a witness.
Roadside litter is one of the most unnecessary and preventable environmental problems. Reporting littering from vehicles helps to raise awareness, reduce clean-up costs and keep NSW clean.
Making a report
- Your health and safety are more important than reporting littering from a vehicle. Never use your mobile phone while driving, pull over or ask a passenger to record the details. If recording the details affects your concentration or driving, wait until next time to report littering from a vehicle. If the occupants of a vehicle are littering, it is only a matter of time before they are observed again and reported.
- If it is safe to do so, take a photo of the car, location and litter item. Never use your mobile phone while you are in control of a vehicle, this includes while you are stationary at traffic lights or in a car park.
- Make as many notes as possible about your observation, even if you don’t include them in your report.
- The time you observed the littering
- Where you were going at the time
- Where you were in relation to the offendor’s vehicle, for example, in your car behind the vehicle
- Who was with you and if they also saw the littering
- The weather conditions at the time
- How you recorded the littering, for example in a note book, voice recording etc.
- Keep your notes, photographs, videos and any other evidence for one year in case the penalty notice is disputed and you are required to attend court as a witness.
- Submit your report to the EPA as soon as possible, and within 14 days of your observation.