Litter

Frequently asked questions on litter and illegal dumping.

Who do I report illegally dumped rubbish to?

Rubbish dumped on river beds, streams or creeks are the responsibility of Environment Canterbury Regional Council (ECAN).  If you see suspicious activity or rubbish being dumped please note the details of the vehicle and location, and report it to ECAN on 0800 765 588, by using the Snap Send Solve app or on the Environment Canterbury Website.

For all other areas (not including river beds/streams/creeks) please contact the Council on 0800 965 468 (0800WMKGOV), email office@wmk.govt.nz or report the issue using the Snap Send Solve app.

Note: To ensure the correct location of the issue is recorded, please send from where an issue has occurred. If you can't, send us the Snap Send Solve with as much location detail in the content as you can. Issues reported using Snap Send Solve can only be attended to during normal office hours.

If a person dumps rubbish what are the penalties? Is there a fine for illegal dumping?

Under the Litter Act 1979 It is an offence for anyone to illegally dump rubbish or litter of any kind in public places, on roadsides, parks and reserves.

Any person committing such an offence is liable for an instant fine, which could be up to $400, and if the offence is substantial they could be prosecuted. If you come across illegal dumping, please do not remove any items. Make a note of any details, photograph if you can and contact the Council.

To report an incident please contact the Council on 0800 965 468 (0800WMKGOV), email office@wmk.govt.nz or report the issue using the Snap Send Solve app.

Note: To ensure the correct location of the issue is recorded, please send from where an issue has occurred. If you can't, send us the Snap Send Solve with as much location detail in the content as you can. Issues reported using Snap Send Solve can only be attended to during normal office hours.