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Environment Protection Authority

Environmental Issues

Waste and recycling

Illegal dumping research

The illegal dumping of waste is an ongoing and highly visible problem in NSW and has been prioritised by the NSW Government. Goal 22 (Protect our Natural Environment) in the NSW 2021 plan identifies the reduction of illegal dumping as a priority, with a target of reducing illegal dumping in Sydney, the Illawarra, Hunter and Central Coast by 30 per cent by 2016.

The Illegal Dumping Research Report explores the motivations of people who dump waste illegally, and the influential factors which may bring about a change in behaviour among these groups of people. This research provides a benchmark for monitoring changes in attitudes, behaviours and experiences relating to illegal dumping. Research was conducted with government stakeholders, trade and industry representatives and community members and the results include recommendations on future strategies and interventions to reduce illegal dumping.

Page last updated: 27 July 2015