Garbage dumpers are being warned as Brimbank council is about to impose tougher penalties.
Under stronger powers, council officers have the ability to impose on-site fines of up to $ 1,800 for individual dumpers, up from $ 361.
Businesses also face stiffer penalties of on-site fines of up to $ 9,087.
Brimbank’s council spent around $ 1 million in 2020-21 to investigate, enforce and clean up illegally dumped garbage.
It is hoped that the new fines will help deter the dumping of garbage.
Mayor Ranka Rasic said the cost of dumping garbage to the community was shocking.
“Actions such as tougher penalties targeting the minority of people doing the wrong thing will hopefully be a powerful deterrent,” said Cr Rasic.
“I also urge the rest of our community to keep doing the right thing: recycle, donate undamaged items to charity, responsibly throw away items you no longer need.”
Ways to get rid of garbage include the council’s on-call hard waste collection service, with one free collection per year.
Electrical waste such as televisions, computers, hard drives, printers, fax machines, clean cardboard, paint cans and all types of batteries can be dropped off at the council’s resource recovery center when it reopens after the relaxation of restrictions.
Anyone who encounters trash can report it to brimbank.vic.gov.au/report-it