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Illegal dumping is a crime, don't ignore it.

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The Regional Illegal Dumping (RID) Squad is a joint program between the NSW EPA and local Councils. The team is made up of highly experienced investigators who follow up on reports of illegal dumping with a view to identifying, and if appropriate, prosecuting those responsible.

Illegal dumping is the placement of waste onto private or public land where no license or approval exists to accept the waste. This can be as simple as throwing a bag of lawn clippings on an empty block or dumping a truck load of building and demolition material in the bush.

On The Spot fines for Illegal Dumping start at $2000 for individuals and can go as high as $8000 for companies.

Where can i dispose of waste legally?

Illegal Dumping is the transport and deposit of waste at an unlawful waste facility.

This can include parks, private land, bushland or anywhere that is not licenced to receive waste. Permission from the owner of private land to dump is not a defence.

On the spot fines for Illegal Dumping start at $2000 for individuals and $4000 for companies. Court action for serious offences can result in fines of up to $250,000 for individuals or $1,000,000 for companies.

Section 143(1) Protection of the Environment Operations Act, 1997.
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Waste is not just rubbish and unwanted material but also includes:
  • Construction, building and demolition material such as asphalt, bricks, concrete, plaster board and timber
  • Vegetation or green waste, including mixed mulch
  • Unwanted furniture, whitegoods, televisions, computers, electronics and clothing
  • Asbestos and contaminated soil
  • Unwanted tyres and car parts
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This project is a NSW EPA Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded from the Waste Levy.

The Hunter and Central Coast Regional Illegal Dumping Squad is a joint initiative between the NSW Environmental Protection Authority and the following Local Councils: