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.
What's the problem?
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.
Reporting illegal dumping
You can report rubbish and littering to us by telephone, using our online service request form, or through our Antenno app.
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)