Illegal dumping

Report illegal dumping

You can report illegal dumping easily and anonymously using Rid Online, Snap Send SolveThis external link will open in a new window or by calling our Customer Service Centre on 9083 8000.

If you see household items, such as furniture or electrical appliances, tree and plant clippings or building and construction waste dumped by the side of the road or in the bush, reporting the incident can help us find the offender and hold them accountable.

When a report is submitted anywhere in NSW, the EPA will alert the relevant local council to the incident so they can respond in the most appropriate way. By submitting a report you are also helping the EPA to develop a comprehensive statewide database of illegal dumping incidents. This will enable hot spots to be identified and monitored, and strategies to be developed to help reduce dumping.

What is illegal dumping?

It is illegal to leave residential or commercial waste on public land such as streets, laneways, parks, footpaths, car parks or waterways. Leaving items on the side of the road is not an effective way to give away household goods. It is counter-productive because it normalises dumping behaviour in an area, attracts more dumping, and undermines legitimate sharing and reuse methods, such as selling or giving away online.

Illegal dumping is ugly, unsafe and places a financial burden on Council waste collection services. Council provides a range of convenient and offer free services to help all residents to dispose of their bulky household goods and problem wastes without resorting to illegal dumping.

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Why is illegal dumping a problem?

  • Dumped rubbish harms the environment
    It pollutes our waterways through the stormwater system and attracts vermin such as rats, mice and cockroaches.
  • It attracts additional dumping and other illegal behaviours
    These areas become unattractive to the local community.
  • It can be a health and safety hazard
    Dumped waste can be dangerous to people, particularly when it includes sharp objects, asbestos and glass.
  • It’s costly to the Council and the community
    A significant proportion of ratepayers’ money is spent each year on cleaning up illegally dumped rubbish and taking action against offenders.

Enforcement and fines for illegal dumping

Illegal dumping can incur an on the spot fine of up to $4000 for individuals and $8000 for corporations in addition to liability under the POEO ActThis external link will open in a new window.

Council’s Waste Enforcement Officer regularly patrols the local area, investigating illegally dumped material and issuing Clean-up Notices and/or fines to illegal dumpers.

The Sydney RID Squad is a regionally-based team specialising in preventing and combating illegal dumping, co-funded by the NSW Environmental Protection AuthorityThis external link will open in a new window and member councils. The Sydney RID Squad is made up of highly experienced investigators who follow up on reports of illegal dumping to identify, and if appropriate, prosecute those responsible, while also educating our community about how to dispose of their unwanted items legally and sustainably. The Sydney RID Officers work for the member councils, working across council boundaries using a strategic, coordinated approach to combat and prevent illegal dumping while focusing on particular issues in the region. The Squad is authorised to investigate illegal dumping in the region under the Protection of the Environment Operations (POEO) Act 1997 and Regulations.

Presently Waverley Council is in a three-year agreement with the Sydney RID Squad (ending in 2021 with the potential to continue) to provide illegal dumping prevention and enforcement services to its residents.

2018/19 illegal dumping grant

The NSW EPA has a goal of reducing illegal dumping incidents across the state by 30% by 2020. Waverley Council received a grant from the NSW EPA in July 2018 to test a range of behaviour change strategies. The grant is a NSW EPA Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded from the waste levy.

Waverley Council focused on five key hot spot streets with a high incidence of reported dumping activity, and involved a range of interventions, such as additional out of hours patrols and investigations, site beautification, surveillance, and community engagement and education. The project has been very successful in reducing illegal dumping, with an average reduction of 48% across the project area. Successful strategies may be scaled to the wider Waverley community, and will be shared with the NSW EPA so that other councils may consider adopting similar tactics.

Waverley Council services and resources to help prevent illegal dumping

Free clean-up collection service

There is no need to dump unwanted items and materials. Households are offered up to three free bulky goods clean-ups per year, including one scheduled and two ‘your call’ clean-up collections. The service is provided to help residents responsibly dispose of unusable or unrepairable bulky items. Learn more or book a clean-upThis external link will open in a new window.

Drop off events for hazardous items

Many hazardous materials, such as electronic appliances, chemicals, and batteries can be responsibly disposed of at drop off events or permanent collection facilities. To learn more visit our tricky waste item web pageThis external link will open in a new window

Support for waste avoidance and recovery initiatives

Waverley Council is proud to support a range of activities to help keep material circulating within the economy, in alignment with the NSW EPA’s  Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery (WARR) strategyThis external link will open in a new window and Circular Economy PolicyThis external link will open in a new window. Council supports various reuse initiatives such as the Garage Sale Trail, The Bower Reuse and Repair CentreThis external link will open in a new window, The Zero Waste NetworkThis external link will open in a new window and hosts ongoing reuse and repair workshops on a variety of topics.

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More information

Please contact Customer Service on 9083 8000 or visit the EPA website.This external link will open in a new window

Need more information?

  • Phone our Customer Service at 9083 8000
  • Email us

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