Littering & Pollution


We all want to see Devonport’s environment free from harmful and unpleasant pollution. You can help us by reporting it via Make a Request or by calling 03 6424 0511.  You can also report littering by contacting the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Litter Hotline on 1300 135 513.

Environmental Legislation

Devonport City Council enforces littering and pollution requirements in accordance with Litter Act 2007 and the  Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994.

It is an offence to deposit litter on public land or on private land that you are not the owner of. It is also an offence to deposit a pollutant in such a way that it is or is likely to cause environmental nuisance or harm. The Council has the power to take enforcement action (including issuing financial penalties) against anyone who contravenes these requirements.

Council or EPA?

Environmentally relevant activities can be regulated by either local councils or the EPA, depending on the scale or size of the activity.

Smaller scale activities (called “Level 1 Activities”) under the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994 are regulated by local councils. When activities are conducted on a larger scale (and become “Level 2 Activities” under the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994) the EPA takes over the regulatory role. A full list of Level 2 Activities can be found here.

Requirement to Notify a Pollution Incident

Pollution incidents that threaten or cause material harm to the environment are to be notified to the  EPA. Reports can be made here or the Pollution Incidents Response Hotline on 1800 005 171.

For further information or advice you can contact Council’s Environmental Health team on (03) 6424 0511.


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