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Illegal dumping

Hastings Family Illegal Dumping

Dumping of waste materials is a costly problem for our community. Did you know over 100 tonnes of waste was dumped illegally in our local region last year?  This poses a health risk, damages our environment, looks unsightly and results in expensive clean-up costs for the community.

What is Illegal Dumping?

Illegal dumping is the depositing – dumping, tipping or otherwise – of waste larger than litter onto land or into water. 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.

Illegal dumping includes:

  • Abandoned cars and car parts
  • Un-authorised land filling. If you are the landowner you may be accepting fill that may affect the health of your family or devalue your land. Check with Council to find out what approvals are required 
  • Household or commercial waste disposed of in or around public litter bins
  • Discarded mattresses, white goods and old furniture left on the nature strip, that are not booked in for collection. 
  • Green waste and weeds dumped on vacant blocks and in bush land
  • Dumping furniture, building waste and hazardous materials in remote bush land

How can you do the right thing?

There’s no excuse for dumping waste illegally. There are much better ways to dispose of your waste locally:

Use your two free waste vouchers provided to ratepayers with a residential waste service.

Drop items off for free at Council’s waste transfer stations – e-waste, bulk recyclables, oil, hazardous materials and scrap metal such as whitegoods.

Book a kerbside collection service - pay-as-you-go $38.00 for an equivalent trailer load size

How to report Illegal Dumping

  • Call Council on 6581 8111
  • Download the WasteInfo App, take a photo of the dumped rubbish, include your location and send it straight to Council
  • Report Illegal dumping via RIDonline
  • Report an abandoned shopping trolley on Trolley Tracker

Illegal Dumping will cost you

Fines of $4000 can be issued on the spot, with maximum penalties up to $250,000 for individuals and $1 million for corporations. Rangers have stepped up surveillance of dumping hotspots, using clever new technology to catch those breaking the law.

2017/18 Grant Project

Council was successful with a $147,560 EPA Clean up and Prevention Grant to target Illegal Dumping in the LGA in partnership with Forestry NSW and NPWS in 2017/18.

This funding will be used for a range of activities including identification, clean up, prevention measures, surveillance and education. 

This project is a NSW EPA Waste Less Recycle More Initiative funded from the Waste Levy. 

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This page was last updated on: 01 July 2020