Illegal dumping and littering
Illegal dumping and littering means tossing, tipping or depositing waste on land and in water, where it pollutes the environment and can harm human health.
Dumped materials range from a piece of litter and small bags of rubbish to larger scale dumping of hazardous waste such as asbestos and chemicals in isolated bushland areas.
Impacts of illegal dumping
The illegal dumping of waste in public reserves, roadside verges, bushland areas and vacant lots creates a major problem for our community, including:
- increased fire risk and endangering people's lives by blocking emergency access
- reduced property values
- smothering native vegetation
- poor visual amenity
- increased health and safety hazard
- increased risk of weeds and pests
- making public places dangerous to use
- the potential to attract other illegal dumping and antisocial behaviour leading to a state of degradation of our community.
Report illegal dumping
Eurobodalla Rangers regularly patrol Council land, Crown land, State Forest and National Parks from Akolele to South Durras, and can provide assistance in the investigation of illegal dumping on private land.
Rangers may use video surveillance, erect caution signs, and monitor the transport of waste by the public and contractors. Random audits and inspections are conducted on contractors, development sites and various businesses.
Penalties for littering and illegal dumping range from $250 for littering and up to $1 milllion for corporations illegally disposing of waste. Offenders are either issued with on the spot penalty notices or taken to Court.
It is your responsibility to ensure that your waste is transported and disposed of at a licensed waste facility. The owner of waste which is illegally dumped may be just as guilty as the person who dumped it.
How do I report it?
You can report illegal dumping to:
- Council on 02 4474 1000
- EPA's environmental line on 131 555
- Report Illegal Dumping (RID) online.
When reporting illegal dumping, you will be asked for the following information:
- the date you observed the incident
- the location where you saw the illegal dumping
- an idea of the type and amount of waste dumped at the location
- any details that may identify the source of the waste such as a description of a vehicle or registration number if possible.
Report littering from a vehicle
If you see litter being discarded or blown from a vehicle you can report this to the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA). By reporting littering from motor vehicles, you can help raise awareness, reduce clean-up costs and keep New South Wales clean.
How do I report it?
To report littering from a vehicle you need to:
- be 18 years of age or over or have your parent's or guardian's permission to report
- have actually seen the litter being thrown, or blown, from the vehicle
- provide a description of the person, vehicle registration details, make and model of the car
- provide the location, type of litter, date and time of littering
- report the incident within 14 days
- go to the Don't be a Tosser website to report the littering:
The first time you submit a report you will be asked to register. You will need to have your mobile phone with you so you can receive an SMS text message that will verify your registration details.
You need to register to report so the EPA can be confident your contact details are correct. A fine may be issued based on your report and you may need to be contacted about the report. Also, if the offender chooses to have the matter dealt with in Court, the EPA will need to contact you and you may be required to attend Court as a witness.
Your health and safety are more important than reporting littering from a vehicle. Never use your mobile phone while driving. Pull over or ask a passenger to record the details. If recording the details affects your concentration or driving, wait until next time to report littering from a vehicle.
If the occupants of a vehicle are littering, it is only a matter of time before this is observed and reported by another member of the public, police or enforcement officer.
Report abandoned shopping trolleys
Council aims to keep our streets clean and free of abandoned shopping trolleys from the local supermarkets. Please report abandoned or dumped shopping trolleys to:
- NSW EPA: EPA work to prevent littering
- NSW EPA: Litter and illegal dumping
- NSW EPA: About illegal dumping and dumpers.
We can help you
For all illegal dumping and littering enquiries, please contact Council's Rangers on:
- T: 02 4474 1019
- E: Council's Rangers