Addressing litter in the central city

​The Council is committed to transforming our central city into a safe and attractive space that Hamilton residents and visitors to the city enjoy spending time in.

Work on the Hamilton Central City Safety Plan​, along with an increase in complaints from the public, suggests we have a problem with small scale littering in the city that we need to address.

To help us clean up the central city we have adopted sections 13 and 14 of the Litter Act. This means that warranted officers can issue instant fines for littering.

We are currently working on a plan around enforcement and expect to have this in place by the end of December 2014.

This schedule of fines is as follows:

Fine​Offence
$100Depositing non-dangerous litter of less than 1 litre by volume other than on or in a Council park or reserve. Examples: a takeaway container, cigarette butt or drink can.
​$200Depositing non-dangerous litter from 1 to 20 litres in volume other than on or in a Council park or reserve. Examples: 1.5 litre plastic container, a single disposable nappy, or placing household rubbish bags or accumulated car waste into public litter bins, soft drink bottle. 
​$300Depositing non-dangerous litter from 20 to 120 litres in volume other than on or in a Council park or reserve. Examples: roadside dumping of small volumes of household or green waste, fridge, mattress, sofa, or of any pest plant material, or depositing any waste in a park.
​$300Depositing non-dangerous litter of up to 120 litres in volume on or in a Council park or reserve. Examples:  roadside dumping of small volumes of household or green waste, fridge, mattress, sofa, or of any pest plant material, or depositing any waste in a park. 
​$400Depositing non-dangerous litter of more than 120 litres by volume in any place. Example: truck load of dirt/building waste.
​$400Depositing dangerous litter of any quantity in any place. Examples:  dumping commercial waste, multiple disposable nappies, car parts or glass, e-waste or animal remains.  ​

Page reviewed: 15 Apr 2016 3:27pm