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Illegal dumping impacts more than the environment, it impacts our way of life.

What is illegal dumping?

Illegal dumping is the unlawful disposal of any rubbish in public places such as bushlands, waterways, streets, laneways, parks, and footpaths.

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.

Reporting illegal dumping

Illegal dumping is costly to clean up and can be dangerous to your health. Watch this video on how to report illegal dumping from your phone so we can take action against those responsible.
Report illegal dumping online

Illegal Dumping Strategy

This Strategy focusses on illegal dumping where more than a bag full or household, commercial or green waste is deliberately taken to another public or private place to be disposed of rather than pay to dispose at a landfill or use existing waste collection facilities.

Illegal Dumping Strategy 2019-21 (1.05mB PDF)

What should I do with my unwanted items?
How can I report illegal dumping?
You can be fined
How are we tackling the problem?

Abandoned Shopping Trolleys

If an abandoned or illegally dumped shopping trolley is located you should contact the specific supermarket chain as they are responsible for collecting their own trolleys eg Woolworths or Coles etc, please see contacts below.

However, any trolley that is causing a safety/traffic hazard that requires immediate attention should be referred to Tweed Shire Council on 02 6670 2400 or after hours on 1800 818 326.

For Coles Supermarkets, visit their Abandoned Trolley web page or call 1800 876 553 (1800trolley).

For other major stores such as Woolworths, Big W, Dan Murphy's, and IGA - to report an abandoned shopping trolley in streets or public areas, report to Trolley Trackers:

w: Trolley Tracker web site
p: 1800 641 497 (free call)

Trolley Tracker is a service that receives reports of abandoned shopping trolleys, collects and returns the trolleys back to stores. A prize is offered each month, drawn from the names of people who lodge reports to Trolley Tracker.


Litter can be almost any material that is disposed of incorrectly. Litter includes cigarette butts, drink containers, bottles dropped on the ground, fast food wrappers thrown, or grass clippings swept into the gutter. Authorised officers of Council have the ability to issue penalty infringement notices for littering offences dependent on the nature of the litter.

Did you know you could be fined for not covering your trailer or ute which has a load of material?

Ensure each load of material you are transporting is adequately covered. Uncovered loads can spill onto the road, creating pollution and litter. Dust, soil and litter that escape from uncovered loads can wash into stormwater drains and pollute waterways. Don't risk a fine. Litter from uncovered loads can also cause an accident through heavy objects dislodging and dust obscuring the vision of other road users such as motor bike riders. Transport waste responsibly.

Report Littering from Vehicles

If you see litter being discarded or blown from a vehicle you can report this to the NSW Environmental Protection Authority (EPA). You will need to record details such as the vehicle registration, location, type of litter, date and time.

Wallet cards providing details of how to report are available at either of Council's Offices at Murwillumbah and Tweed Heads.

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