Illegal dumping

We're targeting illegal dumping, which attracts on the spot fines starting from $2,000. Don't risk it!

No-one likes to see waste along our roadsides, in bushland, or in our waterways. Not only is it unattractive, it can be harmful to our environment. 

Illegal dumping means disposing 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.  Household and demolition waste are the most common type of illegally dumped waste in the MidCoast region - both of which can be disposed of easily and responsibly through our waste management facilities.

With hefty fines in place, we're looking to stamp out illegal dumping - don't risk it. Check here to find your closest waste management facility and its hours of operation.


It impacts us all

Illegal dumping of waste in public reserves, bushland areas, vacant lots and roadside verges creates a major problem for our community. Impacts include:

  • pollution
  • poor visual amenity
  • lowered community pride
  • increased risk of fire
  • 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 as a whole. 

Report illegal dumping


If you see rubbish that has been dumped illegally, report it by visiting, or by phoning 131 555.

Working together, we can stamp out illegal dumping and preserve the natural beauty of the MidCoast.


Complete our illegal dumping survey:

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