Litter and illegal rubbish dumping
Illegally dumped rubbish is a problem for our community and our environment – it costs us all. If you see illegal dumping or littering (sometimes called fly-tipping) let us know, as there are penalties for both of these in Kāpiti.
Illegally dumped rubbish:
- can be dangerous to the public, as it may contain hazardous objects such as sharp objects or asbestos
- costs us all, diverting money from other things that benefit our community
- can harm our local environment, injuring or killing birds, fish, plants, and damaging soil and waterways
- decreases enjoyment of our shared spaces.
Rubbish dumping is an offence under the Litter Act 1979. Council officers can issue infringement notices between $100 and $400, depending on the type and amount of litter.
Infringement notices for disposal of waste in Kāpiti Coast District in a public place, or on private land, without the occupier’s consent:
|Typical offences||First offence||Second or subsequent offence within 1 year|
Depositing litter of less than or equal to one litre by volumeEg, takeaway food/drink containers, cigarette butts, plastic drink bottles.
Depositing litter from 1 to 20 litres by volume*Eg, roadside dumping of household rubbish or accumulated car waste or putting it in public litter bins.
*20L is the approximate capacity of a small pull-out kitchen or bathroom rubbish bin
**120L is the approximate max. capacity of two 'usual' black rubbish bags for household (60L per bag)