Rubbish and Recycling Enforcement

Council makes and enforces local laws to control the disposal of waste in their areas as well as regulating some waste activities under State laws.

Council enforces state and local laws relating to many waste disposal matters, including:

  • Disposal of dangerous pollutants such as Asbestos
  • Domestic waste water (sewage) systems
  • Littering
  • Burning off and use of incinerators
  • Proper use of council waste disposal services
For more information please visit the pages Illegal Dumping, LitteringWaste and Recycling Bins and the NSW Environment Protection Agency (EPA).
Environmental Service Charge for Domestic Waste and Recycling Bins

Council takes public health and safety and the potential for pollution seriously.

Council waste collection staff has the authority to empty domestic bins that are placed on the kerbside on non designated collection days. This is to reduce the threat of the contents escaping into the environment.
As per Council's 2019-2020 Schedule of Fees and Charges

'Any resident that places a waste or recycling bin out for collection on the wrong collection day which can cause an environmental threat of the contents escaping, at the determination of the waste collection staff, that needs to be emptied, will be emptied at a rate specified in Section 22 of the fees and charges and billed to the owner. The details of the bin will be sent to compliance for follow up action'

The Fee for this service is $45 and an invoice will be send to the property and owner.
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bins blown over and scatter rubbish
Illegal Dumping

Classified as the depositing – dumping, tipping or otherwise – of waste larger than litter onto land or into water without the correct approvals (an environment protection licence or planning approvals).

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.

These large waste items include general household rubbish (from supermarket bag size upwards), larger domestic items (e.g. mattresses, garden waste, construction materials, hazardous waste and abandoned vehicles and tyres). 

People might dump rubbish illegally to avoid paying disposal fees or simply because they don't have the time or effort required for proper disposal.

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 The law says you litter when you discard material in a way that makes a place more disorderly or has detrimental effects on the use of that place.

Everyone is responsible for their own litter, and if you litter you can be fined.

You are responsible for your own litter

If no bin is at hand, you must keep your rubbish until you find a bin. You cannot rely on other people to clean up your litter.
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Report littering

The best contact to report litter (and illegal dumping) depends on the type of litter or dumped material and where it is.

Report littering from a vehicle

If you see someone littering from their vehicle, you can report them to the EPA. 

To report littering from a vehicle you need to

  • have actually seen the litter being thrown, or blown, from the vehicle
  • provide the vehicle registration details and the location where the littering took place
  • report the incident within 14 days
Roadside litter is one of the most unnecessary and preventable environmental problems. Reporting littering from vehicles helps to raise awareness, reduce clean-up costs and keep NSW clean.