Illegal DumpingIllegal dumping of waste is an environmental crime that is ongoing and a highly visible problem in NSW. It is the unlawful deposit of waste larger than litter onto land or into water. Illegal dumping varies from small bags of rubbish in an urban environment to larger scale dumping of waste materials in isolated areas, such as bushland.
Dumped waste can attract others to dump waste at the same location, be aesthetically displeasing, attract pests, and create odour. Dumped green waste can also spread weeds.
Each year Council incurs considerable cost for investigation, collecting and disposing of illegally dumped matter. Authorised officers of Council have the ability to take legal action against persons found to be disposing of waste inappropriately including court action and the issuing of penalty infringement notices.
Remember: Placing your bulky rubbish out too early before your advertised Household Clean-up Campaign nominated dates is considered illegal dumping.
Reporting Illegal DumpingOur community as a whole need to work together to reduce dumping and work towards achieving social and environmental benefits. Please keep your neighbourhood safe and clean by reporting illegal dumping.
If you see a possible illegal dumping, obtain as much information as possible. The kind of information your council will need to know includes:
- Street location of illegal dumping.
- Types of dumped materials, whether you believe it constitutes a hazard.
- Date and time of dumping.
- Name and address of person(s) responsible.
- Associated vehicle, registration number(s).
Photographs of the incident(s) may assist the investigation.
To report a dumping incident you may contact Council on 0266 702 400 or 1300 292 872 during business hours, contact Councils After Hours Service on 1800 818 326, use the Report a Problem service on Councils website and Smartphone Application . Council will then commence its investigative process. Information provided will be held in strictest confidence.
for littering offences dependent on the nature of the litter.