What is Illegal Dumping?

Illegal dumping is the disposal of waste larger than litter on land or in water without the correct approvals (an environment protection licence or planning approvals).

Illegal dumping can include:

  • placing unwanted household items on the footpath when there is no council collection
  • dumping rubbish or green waste in the bush or on the side of a road
  • businesses or contractors who are paid to correctly dispose of waste but instead dump it on land without proper approvals
  • dumping asbestos waste

How do I make a report?

If you encounter illegal dumping, you can report it using the NSW EPA hotline 131 555 or via the EPA’s online reporting service RIDonline at ridonline.epa.nsw.gov.au

Illegal dumping incidents reported are assigned to the Western Sydney Regional Illegal Dumping Squad (RID Squad).

What should I include in my report?

When reporting illegal dumping incidents please provide as much detail as possible, including:

•    Location of the illegally dumped material.
•    Is the material blocking a road, driveway or private property?
•    Is the material on public or private property?
•    Description of the material.
•    Date that you first noticed the material.
•    Information about the dumper (e.g. name, licence plate number, description of dumper or vehicle).

It is important to provide as much information as possible to ensure the RID Squad have sufficient information to determine if there is an environmental or health risk.


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This information has been produced as part of the Council’s Enforceable Undertaking (EU) with SafeWork NSW. The Council entered into the Enforceable Undertaking after SafeWork NSW alleged that the Council contravened clauses 425(1), 429(2), 479(1), and 445(1) of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011. The full undertaking and general information about enforceable undertakings is available at www.safework.nsw.gov.au.