Litter can be any domestic or commercial waste and almost any material that is disposed of incorrectly. It also has significant environmental, social and economic impacts.
The Queensland Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011 prohibits littering in Queensland unless the person has a reasonable excuse.
A person seen littering will receive a fine, payable within 28 days. In some cases, a fine will be issued based on vehicle identification.
If you receive a fine and you were not responsible, you can submit a statutory declaration naming the person responsible. This must be done within 28 days of the fine being issued.
If Council does not receive a payment or statutory declaration within 28 days the matter will be referred to the State Penalties Enforcement Registry.
Council officers may issue warning notices, direction notices - with information on how to remedy and comply with requirements - or on-the-spot fines.