Illegal Dumping & Littering

Illegal dumping is classified as the dumping of waste larger than litter in public areas such as roadsides, bushland or illegal landfills, without Council or EPA approvals.

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.

What are the impacts of dumping?

The environmental impacts of illegal dumping are significant. Dumped rubbish can degrade our bushland, reducing its biodiversity value and degrading plant and animal habitats. Run off from dump sites may contaminate soil and water sources such as lakes, creeks and drinking water supplies. Dumped items can also create fire hazards.

When large items are illegally dumped, this is also a loss of natural resource as many items could have been recycled, such as fridges and e-waste. Illegal dumping can also have an ugly impact on our environment, deterring people from visiting areas which have become illegal dumping hot-spots.

The cost of illegal dumping in your council

There has been an increase in illegal dumping within the Council recently. Not only does this affect the environment, but it also incurs costs to Council to clean it up. These costs are eventually paid for by the community through the residents' rates and charges. Council encourages any resident to contact us if they witness any illegal dumping so that together we can keep our wonderful alpine environment clean.

Council also works to keep our streets and paths clean and endeavours to ensure that as little as possible enters our beautiful creeks and rivers. Council will continue to investigate and identify additional materials that might be added to the list of products that can be separated for recycling.

Here are some examples of what you can be fined for illegal dumping under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 NSW:

  • Littering: $375 for individuals and $750 for corporations.
  • Unlawful transporting of waste (usual offence for roadside/ bushland dumping): $1500 penalty notice for individuals and $5000 for corporations. If the matter goes to court the penalty can be much higher.
  • Fines of up to $5,000,000 or seven years imprisonment for individuals who harm the environment through the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997
Reporting Illegal Dumping

If you see an illegal dump site or someone dumping rubbish, you can report it to Council who will be able to investigate the matter further.

The kind of information Council will need to know includes:

  • Street location of illegal dumping
  • Types of dumped materials, whether you believe it constitutes a hazard.
  • Date and time of dumping.
  • Name and address of person(s) responsible. (if known)
  • Associated vehicle, registration number(s).
  • Photographs of the incident(s) may assist the prosecution
Although the penalties vary from state to state, Council's Ranger has the ability to fine illegal dumpers.

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Did you know?

If an individual is found guilty of Illegal Dumping in court, they can face 7 years in jail and a $250,000 fine.
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Is the dumped waste an emergency? Does it include toxic fumes or a large chemical spill? Call 000 and report it immediately.

Is the dumped waste an immediate threat to human health or the environment?

Call EPA Environment Line on 131 555.

Examples of waste that can threaten human health or the environment are

  • Asbestos
  • Toxic Chemicals