Disclaimer: the waste collection areas “urban” and “rural” referenced in this document are defined in the waste collection map. The property description referred to does not reflect Council’s rating classifications.
If you witness someone dumping rubbish or have come across dumped rubbish where you believe it should not be, report the issue to Council so we can investigate it further.
- Call Council on (03) 5722 0777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call EPA Victoria on 1300 372 842 (1300 EPA VIC) 24hour hotline.
- Alternatively use EPA’s Report Litter phone Application.
If you report any illegal dumping, follow these important safety instructions:
- Do not approach the vehicle or individuals who are illegally dumping.
- Do not let the illegal dumpers know you are there.
- Do not touch the illegally dumped material for your own safety.
Authorised officers from Council can issue fines and infringement notices for litter and illegal dumping offences. The EP Act 1970 gives officers the power to protect the environment by people who breach.
Fines for illegal dumping can attract an on the spot fined of $300 or over $9,000 if the matter proceeds to court.
Penalties of over $250,000 can also apply where illegal dumping involves commercial quantities of waste or waste that is hazardous.
Please report any illegal dumping to Council on (03) 5722 0888 or email email@example.com
Litter affects our community, tourism and our natural environment. It is a significant financial, environmental and social problem. It pollutes our roadsides, chokes our waterways and looks unslightly to welcoming tourists.
Illegal Dumping can vary significantly from a small bag of rubbish, to large household goods such as whitegoods, mattresses, furniture, building materials or hazardous waste such as asbestos, tyres and chemical drums. It can pose a direct threat to the environment and human health.
Depending on the material dumped, effects can include:
- Threats to local wildlife and their habitat.
- If the dumped material is hazardous e.g. asbestos or toxic chemicals, it can contaminate land and waterways.
- Waste dumped near residential households contributes to an unsightly environment that looks and feels unsafe.
- Ratepayer costs are used to fund the clean up.
All urban households will receive a 140 litre red lidded garbage bin, a 240 litre yellow lidded recycling bin and a 240 litre green lidded organic bin.
Rural households will receive a larger 240 litre red lidded garbage bin and a 240 litre yellow lidded recycling bin.
If your bins need to be repaired or replaced please phone Council’s Customer Service Team on (03)5722 0888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If your waste bin is missing or requires repairs please contact Council's Customer Service Team on (03) 5722 0888 or email email@example.com
The green lidded organics bin allows residents to separate their organic waste from their general waste, helping to reduce waste to landfill. Since the introduction of the organics bin Wangaratta has reduced the amount of waste entering landfill by 40%!
Removing organics from the waste system is helping Council achieve a healthier environment and importantly, extending the life of our landfill.
Kerbside audits have shown that most rural households are already undertaking great initiatives diverting their organics from their garbage bins.
If you live in an urban area your organics bin is collected weekly, and your garbage and recycling bins will alternate on a fortnightly collection.
If you live in a rural area, both your garbage and recycling bins are collected fortnightly. In some instances this can be alternating weeks.
To find out exactly when your bins are collected, check our Which Bin This Week? page to download your personal calendar.
As part of the waste service changes Council has reduced the cost of household garbage bins to counteract the change to fortnightly collection.
For further information on waste collection service cost please click here to view Council's Rates and Charges.
Yes, newly built households will need to supply Council with a copy of their household occupancy certificate before a waste service can be arranged. Please contact Council on (03) 5722 0888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to further discuss.
If you find the standard service does not give you enough space each fortnight you can upgrade your bin sizes for an additional fee. However, before upgrading Council encourages you to have a think about what is going into each of your bins, especially the red lidded garbage bin. You may still be able divert additional material into your recycling or organic bins.
If you are an urban household please click here for details on upgrading your bin size.
Rural households that require extra space can receive a second garbage bin, or upgrade to a larger recycling bin at no extra cost, please click here for further details.
Alternatively, please contact Council's Customer Service's Team on (03) 5722 0888 or email email@example.com
The urban waste collection area has been defined to exclude "Farming Zones" and "Rural Living Zones". Households located on the outside of the urban waste collection boundary (or the opposite side of the road) may request to opt in to the organics collection service with approval from Council.