Littering & Illegal Dumping

What is litter?

Litter is small pieces of rubbish, including cigarette butts, food wrappers or containers, paper and other items. Littering is when you place or allow litter to move into a public place. For example, this could be by dropping a food wrapper, or by allowing the food wrapper to blow away from where you are sitting.  

For more information about Council's littering reduction program click here.

It’s easy to prevent litter every day:

  • put your rubbish in a bin
  • take your rubbish with you if no bin is available
  • keep a container in the car to collect rubbish
  • put your cigarette butt in a butt bin, or ordinary litter bin when extinguished
  • keep materials secured so they do not blow or fall from your car, truck or ute

Litter can be reported by:

  • Contacting the Council's Environment Section on (02) 6333 6511
  • Online using the EPA website at www.epa.nsw.gov.au/litter
  • Littering from a vehicle can be reported using the EPA mobile app "Report to EPA", available for free on iPhone, Android and other mobile devices

 

What is illegal dumping?

Asbestos at Garden of Stone NPAsbestos dumped at Garden of Stone National ParkIllegal dumping is the placing – dumping, tipping or otherwise – of waste larger than litter onto land or into water.

Illegal dumping varies from small bags of rubbish to larger scale dumping of waste materials, furniture or appliances in isolated areas, such as bushland. Waste which can cause pollution or be unsafe includes batteries, toxic chemicals and chemical storage drums, asbestos, construction waste, unclean fill, and bags of rubbish.

Reporting illegal dumping

If you see waste in a public place you can report it to Council. Illegal waste will be investigated and may result in a fine. Council will also arrange for the waste to be removed.

What information do you need to report?

  • Date and time
  • Location
  • A description of the dumped waste

Additional information may include:

  • A photograph of the waste and the surrounding area
  • Information which may assist in identifying the source of the waste, for example the number plate of a vehicle seen dumping waste
  • Risks or possible risks to the environment or human health, for example if the waste contains batteries, broken glass or other hazards

Illegal dumping can be reported by

  • Contacting the Council's Environment Section on (02) 6333 6511
  • Contacting the EPA Environment Line on 131 555

Waste should be disposed of through the collection bins, by transfer to the Waste Management Centre or a rural transfer station, or using one of the additional waste disposal options.

For more information about the Waste Management Centre click here.

For more information about alternative waste disposal options click here.

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