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If you see someone littering or illegal dumping from a vehicle, vessel or trailer, or if you see dumped waste, you can fill out the Littering and Illegal Dumping Reporting Form.

Please remember it is illegal to use your mobile phone while driving. Get a passenger to record details or safely pull over and record the details of what you saw, and for your own safety, please do not approach the person depositing the waste.

What details should I try and record?

When reporting, it is important that you take down as many details as possible. This includes:

  • time and date
  • place and address (or GPS co-ordinates) – the online map will make this easier
  • vehicle/vessel registration number (only Queensland registrations are accepted)
  • make and model of the vehicle/vessel
  • colour of the vehicle/vessel
  • distinguishing features of the vehicle/vessel (stickers, dented panels, modifications)
  • description of the person (including location in the vehicle, clothing and gender)
  • type of waste
  • quantity of waste
  • photos if available.

Report litter and illegal dumping to council or by email

If you are unable to access the online report, you can report it to your local council office or by email to

You can also call 13 QGOV (13 74 68) and get a copy of the online reporting form sent to you.

What happens next?

The council or department will investigate your report and may issue a penalty infringement notice (fine) based on the investigation.

Please do not disturb the site where the incident occurred as the site may contain hazardous materials and disturbance of the site can hinder evidence collection.

Departmental/council officers will contact you to confirm the details and obtain a witness statement for the report. To enable this, ensure that full contact details have been included in the report (all witness details are treated confidentially).

You will need to be willing to testify in court, although only a very small number of cases proceed to court.

Tips for reporting

Keep any notes where you have recorded the details, even if they are on a shopping docket or scrap of paper.

When you get to your destination make further detailed notes about what you saw including as much information about the person, location and waste items. Photos are always helpful if safe to take some.

Remember you may be required to refer to your notes at a later date, should you be required to give evidence in Court, so keep them somewhere safe.

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Last updated
21 June 2018
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