Illegal rubbish dumping is a serious and unsightly problem which negatively affects our community and pollutes our environment. Council needs your help to prevent illegal dumping and keep our streets and neighbourhoods clean.
"Illegal dumping is the disposal of any type of waste in an area where it is not permitted". For example, on the nature strip, rear lane, parks, bushland, commercial areas and other public places.
In Woollahra, the source of most dumps can be traced back to householders and is especially common around unit blocks and areas that attract transient residents. Frequently dumped items include unwanted household materials like furniture, whitegoods, mattresses, garden organics, building and renovation materials or garbage bags full of rubbish.
Dumped rubbish harms the environment, is unsightly, unhealthy, attracts vermin, can be a physical and fire hazard, serve as a magnet for additional dumping and costs Council ratepayers money to remove.
Illegal dumpers intentionally dispose of waste, often to avoid disposal fees or the time and effort it takes for proper disposal. This is a common practice amongst:
Fighting illegal dumping is a constant battle that requires your help and support. There are many alternatives for responsibly disposing of rubbish. You can:
Council's Waste Compliance Officer investigates all illegal rubbish dumps. These are marked with a bright yellow sticker to indicate the dump is under investigation. If the dump has not been removed by the offender following investigation, Council will remove it within a few days. Fines of up to $750 will be issued to anyone caught dumping under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997.
Don't be afraid to Dob in a Dumper. Your details will remain anonymous and information you provide could lead to catching an offender. Report illegal dumps by phoning Council on 9391 7000
Tip: Make sure you note the date and time of the dumping, vehicle plate number (if any), location/address and the type of rubbish that was dumped.