Waste in Public Places Policy

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Under Section 68 of the Local Government Act 1993, a number of waste activities related to public lands are subject to Council approval. The proposed Waste in Public Places Policy will remove the formal need for prior approval to conduct the following activities (if carried out in accordance with the Policy and Guidelines):

  • Transporting commercial waste over or under a public place for fee or reward;
  • Placing waste or placing a bin in a public place, if that activity includes residential waste; and
  • Placing waste or placing a bin in a public place, if that activity includes commercial waste.

The placement of skip bins in a public place will continue to require Council approval.

The policy has been prepared under Section 158 of the Local Government Act 1993, and consists of three parts:

  • Part 1 – Specifying the circumstances in which a person is not required to obtain a particular approval from the City;
  • Part 2 – Specifying criteria which the City must consider when determining whether or not to grant approval to a particular activity; and
  • Part 3 – Specifying other matters relating to approvals not dealt with by the Act or Regulations.

The policy is enforceable with, the criteria for exemption from approval, detailed in Section 3.1 and the Guidelines. Implications for non-compliance are outlined in Section 3.4.

The policy aims to align the Council’s position on the placement of clothing recycling (charity) bins. It will also formalise Council’s position on the placement of container recycling equipment on Council land, including reverse vending machines for the Container Deposit Scheme.

Exhibition period

This exhibition period opens on Wednesday 29 May and will close at 5pm on Wednesday 26 June 2019.

Have your say

Thank you to all those who have provided their feedback. Submissions are now closed and under review with Council.

For more information

If you would like more information and would like to discuss this proposal, please contact Council’s Project Officer, Vanda Dayusman on 9707 9259.


Under Section 68 of the Local Government Act 1993, a number of waste activities related to public lands are subject to Council approval. The proposed Waste in Public Places Policy will remove the formal need for prior approval to conduct the following activities (if carried out in accordance with the Policy and Guidelines):

  • Transporting commercial waste over or under a public place for fee or reward;
  • Placing waste or placing a bin in a public place, if that activity includes residential waste; and
  • Placing waste or placing a bin in a public place, if that activity includes commercial waste.

The placement of skip bins in a public place will continue to require Council approval.

The policy has been prepared under Section 158 of the Local Government Act 1993, and consists of three parts:

  • Part 1 – Specifying the circumstances in which a person is not required to obtain a particular approval from the City;
  • Part 2 – Specifying criteria which the City must consider when determining whether or not to grant approval to a particular activity; and
  • Part 3 – Specifying other matters relating to approvals not dealt with by the Act or Regulations.

The policy is enforceable with, the criteria for exemption from approval, detailed in Section 3.1 and the Guidelines. Implications for non-compliance are outlined in Section 3.4.

The policy aims to align the Council’s position on the placement of clothing recycling (charity) bins. It will also formalise Council’s position on the placement of container recycling equipment on Council land, including reverse vending machines for the Container Deposit Scheme.

Exhibition period

This exhibition period opens on Wednesday 29 May and will close at 5pm on Wednesday 26 June 2019.

Have your say

Thank you to all those who have provided their feedback. Submissions are now closed and under review with Council.

For more information

If you would like more information and would like to discuss this proposal, please contact Council’s Project Officer, Vanda Dayusman on 9707 9259.

Survey - Waste in Public Places Policy

Consultation has concluded