Illegal dumping is the unlawful deposit or disposal of waste larger than litter, on any land (public and private land) that is not a designated landfill (ie road sides, paddocks, vacant blocks). Illegal dumping usually involves bags of household rubbish, old furniture, tyres, garden waste or other general household items.
The definition of illegal dumping also includes illegal land filling, which is waste used as fill material with the consent of the owner or occupier, but without the necessary Council or Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water approvals.
In rural areas it can be a significant problem, not just from the aspect that there has been rubbish or garbage disposed of in the wrong location. But there are other things that need to be taken into consideration, like the environment and the cost of removing the rubbish.
It could be hazardous to the environment as illegal dumping could endanger water ways or the natural water table and even in some cases, the local flora and fauna.
The cost of removing and disposing of illegally dumped rubbish on public land, ultimately comes back to the rest of the local community in one form or another.
To ensure that our local community remains clean and to protect our environment, report any illegal dumping activities that you see.
How do I report an illegal dumping or get further information
Please contact either:
- Council’s Customer Services Centre by phoning (02) 6767 5555
- NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water Pollution line on 131 555