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Litter and Illegal DumpingTe tuku parahanga turekore

Our district and wider region are stunning; great climate, beautiful coasts and rivers, fantastic parks and reserves, and pretty tree-lined streets. To help keep them this way, Hastings District Council, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, and Napier City Council all take a firm enforcement stance with regard to litter and illegal dumping.

All of the region's councils provide litter bins across their districts for getting rid of trash while you're out and about, as well as recycling and dumping facilities for household rubbish - so there is no excuse.

To report illegal dumping please fill in the Council Fix-it form, with as much detail on the site and and amount and type of rubbish as possible.

Those caught littering or dumping rubbish can face heft fines:


Description of the typical offence (note 2)

$100 Depositing litter of less than 1 litre by volume

Examples: A takeaway container or the contents of a car ash tray.
$200 Depositing litter from 1 to 20 litres by volume (see note 3)

Examples: Roadside dumping of a single 1.5 litre plastic container, a single disposable nappy, or placing household rubbish bags or accumulated car waste in public litter bins.
$300 Depositing litter from 20 to 120 litres by volume (see note 4)

Depositing waste in a public green space

Examples: Roadside dumping of small volumes of household or green waste, or of any pest plant material, or depositing any waste in a park.

Depositing litter of more than 120 litres by volume

Depositing dangerous litter (see note 5)

Examples: Dumping commercial waste, multiple disposable nappies, car parts or glass, e-waste or animal remains.

  1. Council reserves the right to prosecute offenders in respect of any breaches of the Litter Act 1979.

  2. Where an offence fits more than one description, the higher fine shall apply. For repeat offending for the same offence within 12 months, the next higher fine level shall apply, if available.

  3. 20 litres is the approximate maximum capacity of two standard supermarket bags.

  4. 120 litres is the approximate maximum capacity of a small 'wheelie bin'.

  5. Dangerous litter is litter of such a nature as is likely to endanger any person or to cause physical injury or disease or infection to any person coming into contact with it (being in particular any bottle, whether broken or not, glass, article containing glass, sharp or jagged material, or any substance of a toxic or poisonous nature).

Litter infringement policy

The litter infringement policy can be viewed from the 'related documents' section.


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