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Illegal Dumping

Illegal dumping of waste is an environmental crime that is a highly visible problem. It is the unlawful deposit of waste larger than litter onto land or into water.

What is illegal dumping?

Illegal dumping and littering is the unlawful disposal of rubbish onto public land other than approved waste management facilities. Uncontainerised waste is also considered illegal dumping. It is illegal to deposit waste on streets, laneways, parks, footpaths, car parks or waterways etc.

Getting rid of your waste incorrectly means you can be fined  $2,000 for individuals and $4,000 for corporations under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997.

Council employs Waste Inspectors who regularly patrol the local area providing educational information to residents and businesses, investigating illegally dumped material and where necessary issuing Clean-up Notices and / or fines to illegal dumping offenders.

How does it impact the community?

Illegal dumping and littering:

  • Harms the environment. It pollutes neighbouring soils and waterways and spreads unwanted weeds and attracts vermin such as rats, mice, foxes and cockroaches.
  • Attracts additional dumping and other illegal behaviours. These areas become unattractive to the local community and property investors.
  • Can be a health and safety hazard. Dumped waste can be dangerous to people, particularly when it includes sharp objects, asbestos and glass.
  • Is costly to the Council and the community. Ratepayers’ money is spent each year on cleaning up illegally dumped rubbish.

How can I report illegal dumping?

For small illegal dumping incidents (e.g under two trailer loads) you can call Council's Customer Service on 02 9392 5000 or you can report illegal dumping online at the EPA RIDOnline website

What can Council do about illegal dumping?

Council can investigate and remove illegally dumped waste. Council’s Waste Inspector will investigate the incident and contact you advising what action is proposed.

If the illegally dumped waste contains chemicals, hazardous materials or block access to a property it will be prioritised for action. Council will work towards having the illegally dumped waste removed as soon as possible.

Council will investigate and hopefully get some information that will identify the person/s responsible for dumping the waste. In these circumstances Council will be seeking removal from the person/s responsible as soon as practicable.

Depending on the circumstances of the incident Council may take enforcement action against person/s who have dumped waste. If a person transported waste and dumped it within Leichhardt’s service area, Council would definitely take enforcement action.

If a resident presented extra waste adjacent to their property council would provide education and options to responsibly dispose of the waste.