Illegal Dumping program

Illegal dumping is a costly crime. If you see something, say something.

Illegal dumping is not OK.

There are few aspects of life and society that litter does not affect. It is a significant financial, environmental and social problem, it pollutes our roadsides, chokes our waterways and can threaten wildlife. It is a lost opportunity to reuse dumped materials. Illegal dumping is the deliberate or unauthorised disposal of any waste onto private or public land where no license or approval exists to accept such waste.  Illegal Dumping t can vary significantly from a small bag of rubbish to large household goods such as whitegoods, mattresses and furniture or building (construction and demolition) materials, abandoned cars, car parts or hazardous waste such as asbestos, tyres or chemical drums in isolated areas.

North East Waste and Resource Recovery Group in conjunction with its partners commenced this program in late April 2016.  The program is designed to make the community aware that it is illegal to simply dump waste and other unwanted belongings on roadsides, out the front of charity stores, in a public litter bin or in our national parks. A variety of communication materials have been used including local radio, newspapers, roadside signage and outdoor banners.

Our aim was:

To provide a program (including media, infrastructure and training) to our members to assist them in reducing incidences of illegal dumping in designated hot spot areas

Alternatives to illegal dumping?

There are many disposal alternatives for common household items.

  • Visit you local Council’s website for further information
  • Unwanted but still useable household items in reasonable condition (electrical items please check if they accepted)
  • Local charity organisations (Salvation Army, St. Vincent De Paul)
  • Sell your unwanted items online or through a buy-swap site.
  • Electrical items e.g. computers and televisions ‘e-waste’ can be recycled at local Transfer Stations
  • Scrap metal can be recycled at local Transfer Stations or see scrap metal merchants in the Yellow Pages
  • Transfer Station
  • Recycling Near You – Planet Ark runs this website that helps residents wanting to find out where to recycle their unwanted household goods.
  • Planet Ark’s Business Recycling (for businesses only) – Planet Ark runs a specific recycling listing for business to find national and local re-use and recycling options for around 90 different materials.

Why is illegal dumping a problem?

It can pose a direct threat to the environment and human health. Depending on the material dumped effects can include:

  • Threats to local wildlife and its habitat.
  • If the dump is of a hazardous nature e.g. asbestos or toxic chemicals it can contaminate the land, waterways and groundwater.
  • Waste dumped near residents contributes to an unsightly environment that looks and feels unsafe.
  • Lost resources that could have been recycled or reused.
  • It costs you money – your Council spends ratepayer’s money to clean up dumped sites and fixing infrastructure and natural areas impacted by it.

What can you do to report illegal dumping?

If you witness someone dumping rubbish or have come across dumped rubbish where you believe it should not be, report the issue to us so we can investigate it further.

  • Call your local Council or
  • Call EPA Victoria on 1300 372 842 (1300 EPA VIC) 24hour hotline or alternatively use EPA’s Report Litter App

If you report any illegal dumping, follow these important safety instructions:

  • Do not approach the vehicle or individuals who are illegally dumping;
  • Do not let the illegal dumpers know you are there; and
  • Do not touch the illegally dumped material for your own safety.


Below are some communications material used in this program.

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Newspaper advert

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Outdoor banner

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LISTEN TO…Illegal dumping radio advert