Littering and dumping not only makes our city and natural areas look dirty and uncared for, it can also have significant adverse health, safety, financial and environmental impacts.
Littering is defined as the unlawful disposal of any type of domestic or commercial waste material in an amount of less than 200 litres in volume (approximate volume of a standard wheelie bin) and can include:
Dumping is defined as the unlawful deposit of any type of domestic, commercial or industrial waste in an amount of 200 litres or more in volume (approximate volume of a standard wheelie bin) and can include:
For further information on littering and dumping in Queensland please see the factsheet below.
Illegal dumping has serious environmental and social impacts. Not only is dumping unsightly, it degrades the surrounding environment, reduces property value and costs ratepayers a substantial amount of money each year in clean up costs. Some forms of illegal dumping, such as disposing of chemicals or asbestos, can directly cause harm or injury to humans and wildlife and/or lead to pollution of the environment.
Heavy penalties apply for littering or dumping of waste. These penalties are set by the Queensland Department of Environment and Science. For more information on the fines imposed for littering and dumping visit the Department of Environment and Science Penalty Infringement Notices webpage.
Littering and dumping is illegal and a fine may be incurred. Offenders may also be required to restore the area to its previous natural condition. Every reasonable attempt will be made by Council to locate the owner of the illegally dumped materials and if Council can identify the person responsible for littering or dumping, Council may take one or more of the following actions:
State Government investigates all complaints regarding littering and illegal dumping associated with a motor vehicle, trailer or vessels. If you see someone littering or illegal dumping from a vehicle, vessel or trailer, or if you find piles of dumped waste, you can report it by visiting the Report It webpage. All related queries should be referred to them.