Illegal Dumping

What is illegal dumping?

 Illegal dumping is the depositing – dumping, tipping or otherwise – of waste larger than litter onto land or into water. Illegal dumping varies from small bags of rubbish in an urban environment to larger scale dumping of waste materials in isolated areas such as bushland.

The impacts of illegal dumping

The illegal dumping of waste in public reserves, bushland areas, vacant lots and roadside verges creates a major problem for our community including:

  • pollution

  • poor visual amenity

  • lowered community pride

  • increased fire risk

  • reduced property values

  • the potential to attract other illegal dumping and antisocial behaviour leading to a state of degradation of your local neighbourhood

  • increased health and safety hazard

  • increased risk of weeds and pests

  • financial costs to Council and other government agencies which are ultimately passed onto residents, ratepayers and the community

 

Reporting Illegal Dumping

 Illegal dumping is a problem that impacts everyone in the community and if seen, should be reported immediately.

 If you suspect someone is illegally dumping, please report it to the Shire Rangers on 9191 3456

 Useful information to supply when reporting includes: a description of the person, the time of day and registration, make and model of the car. Fines apply for illegal dumping.

 Illegal Dumping at Charities – don’t do it! If you think a product is in poor or unsanitary condition dispose of it in the correct manner. Charities appreciate your goods but when the items are damaged or unusable the charity needs to pay to dispose of these items at landfill.

 

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