Littering and Rubbish Dumping

This page explains the law and council policy relating to littering and the indiscriminate dumping of rubbish in Porirua City.

Indiscriminate littering and dumping of rubbish and waste is a form of environmental vandalism. It pollutes the environment (water ways, streets, parks and reserves etc), detracts from the appearance and image of the city and imposes unnecessary costs on city ratepayers.

Dispose of your rubbish and waste in a responsible manner. Use our household rubbish collection or kerbside recycling service, or take it yourself to Trash Palace for recycling. You can also take your rubbish to the Spicer Landfill tip or the recycling stations at the landfill.

Littering offences

Littering is an offence under the Litter Act 1979. It is an offence for any person or body corporate to deposit or leave litter:

  • In or on any public place; or
  • In or on any private land without the consent of its occupier.

The Act enables Council to appoint Litter Officers with powers to enforce the provisions of the legislation.

The legislative definition of the term "Litter" is wide and includes refuse, rubbish, animal remains, glass, metal, garbage, debris, dirt, filth, rubble, ballast, stones, earth, waste matter or other thing of a like nature.

Reporting littering and rubbish dumping

Report littering or indiscriminate rubbish dumping whenever you find it whether it is on private or public property.  Phone us on (04) 237 5089 or by email to (littering/rubbish in the subject line).

Please provide the nearest address and description of the littering or rubbish.

Notify the Police immediately via the '111' emergency service where the offence is occurring and the litter is being dumped is of a type that is dangerous, toxic or may endanger or cause disease or infection to any person.

Computers, batteries, some paints (solvent based), PCB light fittings, oils, herbicides, insecticides and other chemicals can create risks to health and the environment if not properly disposed of.

For disposal of hazardous substances (including asbestos) information, call us on phone (04) 237 5089.

Where the spillage or leakage of any hazardous oil, fuel gas, chemical or other unidentified liquid or substance occurs in any place, notify the Fire Service immediately using the "111" emergency service.

The Fire Service will respond to the call and arrange the attendance of Police and specialist personnel to deal with the situation.

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