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Combating Illegal Dumping: Clean-up and Prevention Program

Program snapshot

Category: Illegal dumping grants

Amounts: Total of $2 million; $686,000 available for Round 3 with individual grants ranging up to $150,000 dependant on the funding stream.

Eligible bodies: Local councils, public land managers and community groups working in partnership with councils and/or public land managers

Contact: illegaldumping.strategy@epa.nsw.gov.au

Status: Closed, applications are currently being reviewed.

Managed by: NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA)

Aims

The Combating Illegal Dumping: Clean-up and Prevention Program grants support local councils, public land managers and community groups to identify local illegal dumping sites and implement prevention and clean-up action on publicly managed land.

The following funding options are available for Round 3.

Funding option 1 Illegal dumping clean-up and prevention $50,000– $150,000 This funding option is available to local councils and land managers for projects that focus on the clean-up and prevention of illegal dumping. Applicants must demonstrate illegal dumping baseline data to be eligible for funding.
Funding option 2 Establishing illegal dumping baseline data Up to $20,000 This funding option is available to local councils and land managers for capturing illegal dumping baseline data and identifying illegal dumping trends.
Funding option 3 Illegal dumping clean-up and prevention community partnership Up to $50,000 This funding option is available for community groups to partner with their local councils to clean-up illegally dumped waste, including installing and implementing prevention measures.

How to apply

Please read the Combating Illegal Dumping: Clean-up and Prevention Program Grants Round 3, Information for applicants.

Stages Status Application material
Stage 1: Expression of interest Open

Funding option 1 – Illegal Dumping Clean-up and Prevention Grant application form

Funding option 2 – Illegal Dumping: Establishing Baseline Data Grant application form

Funding option 3 – Illegal Dumping Clean-up and Prevention Community Partnershipts Grant application form

Stage 2: Project submission 1 June 2016 Successful applicants will be required to submit a project plan, including monitoring and evaluation, with EPA guidance.

Projects will commence on 1 July 2016. For further information about the grants contact: illegaldumping.strategy@epa.nsw.gov.au.

Past recipients

Round 2

Under Round 2 the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) awarded $1.5 million to 37 local councils, public land managers and community groups for projects to clean-up and prevent illegal dumping.

Organisation

Amount

Project summary

Ashfield City Council

$20,000.00

Ashfield City Council will collect and analyse illegal dumping data to help develop prevention strategies for their local government area. Council will encourage residents to report illegal dumping and use a new central database to record data.

Central Darling Shire Council $20,000.00

Central Darling Shire Council will work with five other NetWaste councils to develop a picture of illegal dumping trends across the NetWaste region. Historic and new data will be compiled in a central database, new resources will be dedicated to identify illegal dumping incidents and the public will be encouraged to report. Dumping trends identified through the new database will be used to develop a region wide prevention strategy.

Central West Off Road Bicycle Club $49,560.00 The Central West Off Road Bicycle Club will work with the Forestry Corporation of NSW and local councils to develop behaviour change and enforcement campaigns targeting illegal dumping in Kinross Forest. The campaigns will encouraging residents to use lawful waste disposal services, report illegal dumping and promote the forest as a recreation area that should be taken care of.
Cobar Shire Council $20,000.00 Cobar Shire Council will work with five other NetWaste councils to develop a picture of illegal dumping trends across the NetWaste region. Historic and new data will be compiled in a central database, new resources will be dedicated to identify illegal dumping incidents and the public will be encouraged to report. Dumping trends identified through the new database will be used to develop a region wide prevention strategy.
Dubbo City Council $47,000.00 Dubbo City Council will work with real estate agents, white good retailers, Housing NSW and other organisations to deliver a targeted education campaign to increase residents understanding of lawful waste services, the negative impacts of illegal dumping and the penalties associated. The education campaign will be combined with surveillance and signage, as well as other enforcement activities.
Forbes Shire Council $20,000.00 Forbes Shire Council will work with five other NetWaste councils to develop a picture of illegal dumping trends across the NetWaste region. Historic and new data will be compiled in a central database, new resources will be dedicated to identify illegal dumping incidents and the public will be encouraged to report. Dumping trends identified through the new database will be used to develop a region wide prevention strategy.
Goulburn Mulwaree Council $19,999.30

Goulburn Mulwaree Council will dedicate staff time and new resources to identify illegal dumping incidents and record them in a new central database. The trends identified will help develop prevention campaigns and prioritise illegal dumping hot spots for clean-up.

Greater Taree City Council  $70,000.00 Greater Taree City Council will combine infrastructure, enforcement and behaviour change to reduce illegal dumping in their local government area. They will install fencing and earth mounds to prevent access to hotspots, increase targeted surveillance to identify and penalise illegal dumpers, and increase the perceived risk of getting caught by publicising when dumpers are caught and encouraging residents to report illegal dumping.
Griffith City Council $128,643.18 Griffith City Council will work with Crown Lands, Griffith and Murrumbidgee Irrigation to reduce illegal dumping at key hotspots in bushland and irrigation channels in the Griffith local government area. The project will combine a targeted education campaign, incentives to assist with waste disposal, installation of barriers to prevent access to prime illegal dumping locations and surveillance campaigns to catch illegal dumpers.
Gunnedah Shire Council $55,500.00 Gunnedah Shire Council will install prevention infrastructure at hotspots and increase surveillance and enforcement activities to identify and penalise illegal dumpers. The increase in enforcement will be paired with an education campaign reinforcing the message that illegal dumping is unacceptable and should be reported. 
Hornsby Shire Council $20,000.00

Hornsby Shire Council will dedicate staff time and resources to identify new illegal dumping incidents and record illegal dumping data in a new central database. The database will provide maps of dumping locations and reports on dumping trends to inform future illegal dumping prevention strategies and programs.

Lachlan Shire Council $20,000.00 Lachlan Shire Council will work with five other NetWaste councils to develop a picture of illegal dumping trends across the NetWaste region. Historic and new data will be compiled in a central database, new resources will be dedicated to identify illegal dumping incidents and the public will be encouraged to report. Dumping trends identified through the new database will be used to develop a region wide prevention strategy.
Lake Macquarie City Council $97,200.00 Lake Macquarie City Council will clean-up dumped waste and install solar lighting, signage, fencing, gates and other barriers to prevent dumping at five major illegal dumping hotspots. Surveillance and enforcement campaigns will also be conducted at these sites to identify and penalise dumpers. Volunteers will also be engaged to clean-up illegally dumped waste through the Lake Macquarie Eco Angels program.
Lakes Area National Parks and Wildlife Service Office of Environment and Heritage $20,000.00 National Parks and Wildlife Service Lakes Area rangers will conduct regular surveys to identify illegal dumping incidents in reserves in the Wyong and Lake Macquarie local government areas. The data will be entered into a new central database that will provide reports on dumping trends. The reports will help prioritise hotspot locations where gates and fencing should be installed, identify trails that should be closed and inform surveillance and education campaigns.
Lithgow City Council $20,000.00 Lithgow City Council will work with 5 other NetWaste councils to develop a picture of illegal dumping trends across the NetWaste region. Historic and new data will be compiled in a central database, new resources will be dedicated to identify illegal dumping incidents and the public will be encouraged to report. Dumping trends identified through the new database will be used to develop a region wide prevention strategy.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council $17,250.00 Liverpool Plains Shire Council will equip staff with tablets and smartphones to enable easy recording of illegal dumping incidents in a new central database. Signage will be erected to encourage the public to report illegal dumping. The new database will provide reports on dumping trends to inform compliance campaigns and prevention strategies.
Maitland City Council $19,465.00 Maitland City Council staff will collect illegal dumping data, encourage public reporting, and record new incidents in a new central database. The new database will provide maps of dumping hotspots, and create reports on dumping trends that will inform prevention campaigns and identify hotspots for clean-up.
Manly Council $20,000.00 Manly Council will dedicate extra time and resources to collect illegal dumping data and record it in a new central database. The database will provide maps of dumping hotspots, and create reports on dumping trends and commonly dumped waste types. The reports will help design prevention campaigns and identify locations that need to be prioritised for prevention activities.
Midwaste $20,000.00 Bellingen Shire, Coffs Harbour City, Gloucester Shire, Kempsey Shire and Port Macquarie-Hastings Council will work in partnership with National Parks and Wildlife Services, Crown Lands and the Forestry Corporation and Local Aboriginal Lands Councils in the North Coast Region to gather illegal dumping data from across their jurisdictions. Staff will be provided with tablets and trained to record illegal dumping data in a new central database. The database will provide maps of dumping hotspots, and create reports on dumping trends to inform prevention strategies.
National Parks and Wildlife Service, Office of Environment and Heritage (Lower Hunter Area) $81,000.00 National Parks and Wildlife Service Lower Hunter Area will install surveillance cameras, gates and fencing to restrict access to illegal dumping hotspots in the Abermain area of Werakata National Park. National Parks and Wildlife Services will work with the Hunter/Central Coast Regional Illegal Dumping squad to review the surveillance footage and penalise dumpers.
National Parks and Wildlife Service, Office of Environment and Heritage (Lower Hunter Area) $10,000.00 National Parks and Wildlife Service Lower Hunter area will gather illegal dumping data in the Stockrington State Conservation Area by surveying and receiving illegal dumping reports from staff and the public. Dumping incidents will be recorded in a new central database that will provide reports on illegal dumping trends to inform prevention strategies.
Northern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils $20,000.00 Hunters Hill, Ku-ring-gai, Lane Cove, North Sydney and Willoughby Councils will work together to gather illegal dumping data from across their local government areas.  Council staff will collect illegal dumping incident details and record them in a new central database. The database will provide maps of dumping hotspots, and create reports on dumping trends. This analysis will identify hotspots and inform the design of prevention strategies.
NSW Trade & Investment, Crown Lands $4,500.00 NSW Trade & Investment, Crown Lands will conduct fortnightly inspections of reserves in the Brewarrina, Walgett and Lightning Ridge regions to establish the amount of illegal dumping occurring in these areas. Details of illegal dumping incidents will be logged via tablet in a new central database that will provide reports on dumping trends to inform future data collection and prevention campaigns.
NSW Trade and Investment, Crown Lands $19,660.00 NSW Trade & Investment, Crown Lands will work with other land management bodies to inspect reserves for illegal dumping in the North West Crown Lands and the North West Local Land Services regions. Dumping incidents will be recorded in a new central database that will provide reports on dumping trends to inform prevention campaigns.
Parkes Shire Council $20,000.00 Parkes Shire Council will work with five other NetWaste councils to develop a picture of illegal dumping trends across the NetWaste region. Historic and new data will be compiled in a central database, new resources will be dedicated to identify illegal dumping incidents and the public will be encouraged to report. Dumping trends identified through the new database will be used to develop a region wide prevention strategy.
Port Stephens Council $32,000.00 Port Stephens Council will work with Raymond Terrace Parks, Reserves and Tidy Towns Committee to target illegal dumping on sporting fields and parks. The council and the Tidy Town group will work together to clean-up illegal dumping, install prevention infrastructure, re-vegetate sites and engage local residents about the importance of keeping reserves and parks free of illegal dumping through events and social media promotion.
Port Stephens Council $100,000.00 Port Stephens Council will combine the clean-up of dumped waste and the installation of prevention infrastructure at four illegal dumping hotspots with an education campaign to encourage Port Stephens residents to report illegal dumping. The campaign aims to establish a social norm that illegal dumping is unacceptable and dumpers should be reported.
RAMROC Riverina Waste Group $20,000.00 The councils in the RAMROC Riverina Waste Group will work together to gather illegal dumping data from across their local government areas. The councils will share a consultant who will coordinate the project and support the training of council staff in the collection of illegal dumping data.  Data will be entered into a new central database via smartphones or tablets. The reports from the database will be used to inform future prevention strategies.
Riverina and Murray Regional Organisation of Councils Voluntary Waste Management Group $20,000.00 The councils in the Riverina and Murray Regional Organisation of Councils Voluntary Waste Management Group will work together to gather illegal dumping data from across their local government areas. The councils will share a consultant who will coordinate the project and support the training of council staff in the collection of illegal dumping data.  Data will be entered into a new central database via smartphones or tablets. The reports from the database will be used to inform future prevention strategies. 
Riverina Eastern Regional Organisation of Councils $20,000.00 The councils in the Riverina Eastern Regional Organisation of Councils will work together to gather illegal dumping data across their local government areas. The councils will share a consultant who will coordinate the project and support the training of council staff in the collection of new illegal dumping data and the compilation of historic data. Data will be entered into a new central database and reports from the database will be used to inform future prevention strategies. 
Shoalhaven City Council $134,000.00 Shoalhaven City Council will work with Southern Councils Group, National Parks and Wildlife Service, Crown lands and the Forestry Corporation to target shared illegal dumping hotspots. The project will clean-up dumped waste at hotspots and install fencing, bollards and signage. Surveillance, and targeted enforcement will be used at hotspots to penalise identified dumpers and deter others.
Sutherland Shire Council $40,000.00 Sutherland Shire Council will target Heathcote Road with an enforcement campaign, including signage and surveillance to identify and penalise illegal dumpers. The enforcement campaign will be combined with a targeted education campaign encouraging residents to use lawful waste disposal services and report illegal dumping.
Tamworth Regional Council $20,000.00 Tamworth Regional Council will collect illegal dumping data through aerial surveys, resident reports, and staff data collection. The data will be entered into a new central database that will provide reports on dumping trends. This analysis will inform future prevention strategies.
Waverley Council $20,000.00 Waverley Council will gather illegal dumping data via staff collection and reports from residents. Illegal dumping incident details will be entered into a new central database that will provide maps of dumping hotspots and reports on dumping trends. This analysis will inform the design of future prevention strategies and education campaigns.
Wellington Council $75,000.00 Wellington Council will increase compliance and enforcement campaigns targeting illegal dumping along known dumping routes and hotspots. The enforcement campaign will be combined with an education campaign encouraging residents to use lawful waste disposal services and report illegal dumping.
Wingecarribee Shire Council $138,232.00 Wingecarribee Shire Council will engage an illegal dumping officer to increase compliance and surveillance activities targeting known illegal dumping hotspots. A social media campaign will be launched to encourage local neighbourhood groups to report illegal dumping. Wingecarribee will also work with other public land managers and neighbouring Wollondilly Council to increase surveillance along the border between the councils to target illegal dumping hotspots.
Wyong Shire Council $40,000.00 Wyong Shire Council will work with Clean4shore, a volunteer community program that provides an opportunity for schools students, youth, the disabled and interested community members to clean-up dumped waste in coastal areas and waterways to maintain the marine environment. The project will identify dumping sites, organise volunteers to clean-up and rehabilitate coastal environments and install signage to prevent further dumping.

Round 2 application process

For the selection criteria for Round 2 please read the Combating Illegal Dumping: Clean-up and Prevention Program Grants Round 2, Information for applicants (PDF 188KB).

Under Round 2 the following funding options were available.

Funding option 1 Illegal dumping clean-up and prevention $50,000-$150,000 This funding option is available to local councils and public land managers for projects that focus on the clean-up and prevention of illegal dumping. Applicants must demonstrate illegal dumping baseline data to be eligible for funding.
Funding option 2 Establishing illegal dumping baseline data Up to $20,000 This funding option is available to local councils and public land managers for capturing illegal dumping baseline data and identifying illegal dumping trends.
Funding option 3 Illegal dumping- clean-up and prevention community partnership Up to $50,000 This funding option is available for community groups to partner with their local councils or other public land manager to clean-up illegally dumped waste, including installing and implementing prevention measures.

Round 1

Under Round 1 the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) awarded $1.56 million for 15 clean-up and prevention projects.

Organisation

Amount

Project summary

Albury City Council and Greater Hume Council

$124,432

Albury and Hume councils plan to work in partnership on illegal dumping in both local government areas. They will use education, training courses and infrastructure at hotspots to reduce illegal dumping and raise awareness of the issue in the community.

Armidale Dumaresq Council

$90,000

This project will enable Armidale Council to gather better evidence of illegal dumping, including identification and clean up of hotspots. It will also deliver an education campaign, enforcement activities and new infrastructure, partnering with other stakeholders in and around the local government area.

Bankstown City Council

$62,460

The funding will support two Bankstown City Council programs focusing on asbestos and illegal dumping. Targeted Aware, Watch and Report Program and the Multi Unit Dwelling (MUD) data trial program will be developed. Both programs concentrate on prevention through education, evidence collection, and enforcement.

Belmont Wetlands State Park Trust

$45,100

Barriers and other infrastructure will be installed to reduce access to the wetlands to deter dumpers and protect the natural environment. The funding will also support increased surveillance and education with a focus on asbestos and illegal dumping and working in partnerships with park users and local landowners.

Blue Mountains City Council

$53,350

Blue Mountains City Council will remove waste from identified hotspots and install infrastructure, such as signs, barriers, gates, and bollards to reduce illegal dumping. The project will also involve education and partnerships with other landowners, along with monitoring at dumping sites and evaluation to determine the effectiveness of the different measures.

Hunter Development Corporation

$150,000

This project will prioritise a clean up of asbestos and other illegally dumped materials from hotspots. Infrastructure such as gates, concrete bollards and signage will be installed to reduce re-occurrence. It will also support evidence gathering for enforcement proceedings.

Hurstville City Council

$124,000

This project will prioritise a clean up of asbestos and other illegally dumped materials from hotspots, and involve increased council patrols and improved evidence gathering to inform the expansion of an Illegal Dumping Task Force.

Lake Macquarie City Council

$144,492

Three major hotspots have been identified where council officers will patrol and conduct surveillance activities and record illegal dumping activities, focusing on asbestos. Training and education will be conducted, along with engagement activities with community groups around hotspots.

Moree Plains Shire Council

$100,156

Moree Plains Shire Council will institute an initial clean up of hotspots containing asbestos and other hazardous waste. It will then conduct a shire-wide audit to identify all hotspot sites. Infrastructure such as bollards, barriers, fencing, lighting, signage and surveillance cameras will then be installed in partnership with Crown Lands, Moree Botanic Gardens, the Aboriginal Land Council and community groups to restore and rehabilitate sites, complemented with staff training and community education.

National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Lower Hunter Area

$141,750

Five asbestos dump sites have been identified as priority sites for clean up and prevention. Contractors will be engaged to remove asbestos and install infrastructure that will reduce instances of dumping at the sites. A partnership with Bike for Parks will continue and surveillance will assist in gathering better data and evidence to take regulatory action.

North East Waste

$95,042

North East Waste is a voluntary waste group incorporating seven councils - Richmond Valley, Ballina, Kyogle, Byron, Clarence Valley, Lismore and Tweed Shire. This project will support education, better evidence training and partnerships within the group and with other local land managers. The plan will focus on asbestos dumping hotspots and use multiple prevention methods.

Port Stephens Council

$100,000

Three sites across Port Stephens have been identified as hot spots. This project will see preventative infrastructure installed at the sites and, working in partnership with land owners including NPWS, Hunter Water Board and Sebelco Sands, clean up sites and gather better evidence. Community education and training for council staff will be delivered to improve awareness of illegal dumping.

Southern Councils Group

$127,000

Three sites across Nowra and surrounding areas will be the focus of this proposal from Shoalhaven City Council and its project partners. A cooperative agreement between five local stakeholder groups has been established to combat illegal dumping. The group will focus on gathering evidence, education, enforcement and infrastructure at identified hotspots.

National Parks and Wildlife Service Tumut

$100,156

The relocation of the Tumut Waste and Recycling Centre and restructured opening hours has seen an increase in illegal dumping in the area. Four agencies have identified a single site for action which contains asbestos and other items. Better evidence, infrastructure and enforcement, together with education and improved waste disposal services are suggested to combat the issue. The project will run in partnership with Crown Lands, Forestry Corporation, Tumut Shire Council and Community.

Wyong Shire Council

$100,156

Wyong Shire Council will target 40 sites (10 per year) with infrastructure improvements, better evidence gathering, education and partnerships. The project will also integrate better waste disposal services and collaboration with local land managers and stakeholders.

More information

Waste and Resource Recovery Branch
Illegal Dumping Coordination Unit
Phone: 1300 361 967
Email: illegaldumping.strategy@epa.nsw.gov.au

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