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.

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