WHAT IS IT?
Up to $8,000 on-The-spot fine
Illegal dumping is the placement of waste onto private or public land where no license or approval exists to accept such waste. It varies from small bags of rubbish in an urban environment to larger scale dumping of materials in isolated areas, such as bushland. Illegal dumping of waste has many social, financial and environmental implications for local councils. Councils spend in the excess of $100,000 per annum cleaning up and disposing of dumped waste.
Every reasonable attempt will be made by local authorities to locate the owner of the illegally dumped materials. Your help in reporting information relating to illegally dumped materials is important.
A broken TV and computer
are left at kerbside.
Household rubbish bags are overflowing from public place bins.
Mattresses and old furniture are left in a nearby park.
Help stop illegal dumping in your area, by reporting any incidents here on-line or by calling your local Council.
Illegal dumping is a crime and those caught could be fined.
Please select your preferred method below:
Contact your local council to report Illegal Dumping in your area:
Ballina Shire Council 6686 4444
Byron Shire Council 6626 7000
Clarence Valley Council 6643 0200
Kyogle Council 6632 1611
Lismore City Council 1300 878 387
Tweed Shire Council 1300 292 872
Richmond Valley Council 6660 0290
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What's happening in the north coast region of NSW
In 2012, North East Waste and its member Councils of Ballina, Byron, Tweed Shires, Kyogle, Lismore City, Richmond Valley and Clarence Valley, received an Environmental Trust Grant from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage to run a project to raise awareness on the issue of illegal dumping across the region. The campaign includes a targeted media & education campaign using TV, newspaper and radio and training of Council employees in responding to illegal dumping. We anticipate that this will help to prevent cases of illegal dumping, promote awareness of the costs to the community, as well as generate more public support for spotting cases of illegal dumping and reporting to their local Council.
Environmental costs of illegal dumping
Illegal dumping poses a direct threat to the surrounding environment and to human health. Illegally dumped materials can be hazardous, for example asbestos and chemicals create a risk of soil and water contamination, fire and toxicity. Dumping of weeds & garden waste can destroy local bushland by reducing biodiversity and hindering revegetation. Illegally dumped items are also a lost resource that could otherwise be recycled, particularly organic material, fridges, car bodies and tyres.
Where can I dispose of my waste legally?
Select your council to find out more about waste & recycling services, landfill information and transfer stations opening hours
What are the fines for Illegal Dumping?
$2,000 on-the-spot fines for individuals
$4,000 on-the-spot fine for individuals for hazardous waste or asbestos
$4,000 on-the-spot fines for businesses
$8,000 on-the-spot fine for business for hazardous waste or asbestos
For further information on Illegal Dumping
The Crackdown on Illegal Dumping - Handbook for Local Government provides an insight into what motivates illegal dumpers and focuses on ways of minimising the opportunities that give rise to illegal dumping in NSW.
Illegal dumping prevention and clean-up: handbook for Aboriginal communities is designed to help Aboriginal communities plan, gain funding for and undertake projects that prevent illegal waste dumping and enable the clean-up of lands where dumping has occurred.
Byron Shire Illegal Dumping Action Plan 2011 identifies priorities and actions for inappropriate disposal of waste in the Byron Shire.
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For more information on the Illegal Dumping Campaign please contact Tash Morton on firstname.lastname@example.org
This program is supported by the NSW EPA Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded from the waste levy.