What is illegal dumping?
Illegal dumping is the unlawful deposit of any type of domestic, commercial or industrial waste.
Common types of illegal dumping activity include:
- household rubbish and garden waste is thrown over fences into the local park or bushland;
- household goods (eg whitegoods, TVs, mattresses and furniture) left on footpaths with a free sign or left outside a charity deposit bin or shop;
- building waste (construction and demolition materials) disposed of in other businesses bins;
- tyres, chemical drums and paint tins disposed of at roadside rest stops; or
- asbestos dumped in bushland, national parks and council reserves.
For further information see littering and dumping fact sheet (PDF,475kB).
Illegal dumping has serious environmental and social impacts.
Some forms of illegal dumping such as disposing of chemicals or asbestos can directly cause harm or injury to humans and wildlife, or lead to pollution of the environment.
Illegal dumping makes our communities and natural areas look dirty and uncared for which often leads to more dumping, reduced community pride and reduced property values.
Report illegal dumping
The Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011 provides an opportunity for anyone to report littering or illegal dumping occurring from a motor vehicle, trailer or vessel where a registration number is known and observed by the reporter.
Illegal dumping can result in the registered owner of the vehicle being issued a Penalty Infringement Notice.