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Pollution Control

The City of Nedlands unique environment is something Council, residents and the City’s Administration can be proud of. Unfortunately there are occasions when a small number of individuals spoil the local environs with rubbish and or refuse dumping, or even liquid waste discharge to streets or public land. The City endeavours to respond quickly to any dumping incidents.

Rubbish
If you see rubbish being dumped on Council property or on any reserves, contact our Waste Minimisation Officer on 9273 3500 (After hours calls will be directed to our answering service).

Unauthorised discharges
The Environmental Protection (Unauthorised Discharges) Regulations 2004 regulate what is prohibited to be disposed of into the environment or burned. Persons in connection with a business or commercial activity have a responsibility to dispose of waste in an appropriate manner with the intent of protecting our environment.
Persons in connection with a business or commercial activity found to be discharging materials such as acids, alkalis, animal waste, compounds of heavy metals, degreasers or detergents, dust produced from mechanical processes, food waste, laundry waste, paint or solvents, pesticides, petrol or other hydrocarbons, sewage and oils, fats or grease can subject to a fine of $5000.
Persons in connection with a business or commercial activity found to be burning materials which produce dark smoke may be subject to a fine of $5000. These materials include paint, carpet, plastic, vehicles, rubber and tyres, carpet, electrical cables, fabrics or textiles, organic solvent, paint, plastic, printed circuit boards, printing waste, rubber, treated timber, tyres, vehicles, waste oil, fats or grease.
If you witness a person discharging material into the environment or burning materials, then please contact the City’s Environmental Health Services on 9273 3500 or council@nedlands.wa.gov.au (After hours calls will be directed to our answering service).

Water Pollution
Suspected water pollution of the Swan Canning Riverpark should be directed to the Swan River Trust on (08) 9278 0900 (during office hours), or to the after-hours duty officer on 0419 192 845.
Pollution of water in locations that do not affect the Swan and Canning rivers, please report to the Department of Environment and Conservation Pollution Watch hotline on 1300 784 782.