Healthy Environment, Healthy Community, Healthy Business

Environment Protection Authority

Environmental Issues

Waste and recycling

Combating Illegal Dumping: Clean-up and Prevention Program

Program snapshot

Category: Illegal dumping grants

Amounts: Total of $2 million over 4 rounds; Available funding and application details for Round 4 will be announced shortly.

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: Round 4 will open for applications between August and October 2016.

Please check this webpage regularly for Round 4 details and application dates.

Managed by: NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA)

Aims

The Combating Illegal Dumping: Clean-up and Prevention Program supports 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. 

Past recipients

Round 3

Under Round 3 the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) awarded $1.3 million to 19 local councils, public land managers and community groups for projects to clean-up and prevent illegal dumping.

Organisation

Amount

Project summary

Byron Shire Council

$20,000

Byron Shire Council will gather illegal dumping baseline data from across their local government area, and compile and analyse that data through the new NSW EPA illegal dumping database RIDonline. Council will encourage residents to report illegal dumping to support their data gathering. Once data is obtained a prevention strategy will be developed and council will establish an illegal dumping team.

Camden Shire Council

$20,000

Camden Shire Council will gather illegal dumping baseline data from across their local government area, and compile and analyse that data through the new NSW EPA illegal dumping database RIDonline. They will use RIDonline to identify trends and hotspots and map these across their LGA. Data will be used to develop an illegal dumping prevention strategy. Their first prevention actions will be putting up signage and surveillance cameras at hotspots. 

Cessnock City Council

$133,600

Cessnock City Council in partnership with their RID squad officer will target hotspots where household waste is dumped. They will clean-up waste, install fencing, gates and barriers. Surveillance devices will be used at hotspots and the community will be encouraged to report dumping via RIDonline through signage, letter box drops and media. They will also provide guidance to property owners encouraging them to remove waste properly and ensure they get tip dockets from any contractors who removes waste on their behalf. Project partners include the Kurri Kurri Campus of Hunter TAFE & Local Lands Services division of the Department of Trade & Investment.

City of Wagga Wagga

$123,870

The City of Wagga Wagga will deliver an education campaign to encourage residents to dispose of waste properly and create a social norm that dumping is unacceptable. They will install signage at Gregadoo Waste Management Centre with information about the cost of landfill fees verses the cost of fines for dumping. They will develop TV, radio and Facebook advertising as well as posters, flyers and promotional material at local hardware stores and social welfare groups. They will encourage the community to report dumping via the RIDonline reporting app. They will also install prevention infrastructure at hotspots including bollards, surveillance cameras and surveillance signs.

Cowra Shire Council

$56,269

The project will target the Bourke Street Road Reserve illegal dumping hotspot on the urban/rural fringe of Cowra township. Cowra Shire Council will clean-up the dumped waste in the area, install signage, surveillance cameras and solar lighting and will regularly patrol the area. The project will also have an education element to encourage the community to report illegal dumping through the RIDonline public app via advertising campaigns. The project will also include a free tip day at Cowra Material Recycling Facility to encourage proper waste disposal.

Hornsby Shire Council

$38,950

Hornsby Shire Council will work with local community groups and residents to target 3 illegal dumping hotspots on Old Northern Road. Each hotspot is a remote rural location, isolated with easy access. Local residents collect dumped items and litter weekly at these hotspots to try to deter further dumping. The project will clean up the sites, install signage, sandstone blocks and dirt mounds, revegetate the area and use surveillance devices to identify dumpers. Local residents have agreed to support the project by monitoring the area and reporting any illegal dumping. The project will also include a mail-out to rural resident highlighting that illegal dumping is unacceptable and how to report it.

Lake Macquarie City Council

$75,952

Lake Macquarie City Council will target 3 illegal dumping hotspots by installing gates, fencing and signage about how to report dumping and indicating the area is under surveillance. Surveillance devices will be used to identify dumpers at the hotspots. The project will also fund the Eco Angles program, where community volunteers clean-up and monitor hotspots. The third aspect of the program will provide information about bulky waste collection and the penalties associated with illegal dumping to those living in multi-unit dwellings as this has been identified as a problem area. Lake Macquarie City Council will partner with Local Land Services, Centennial Coal, Energy Australia, property managers, Eco Angel volunteers and the RID squad to deliver the project.

Maitland City Council

$68,000

The project will install signage and fencing at 3 dumping hotspots. Any identified dumped material will be taped off with RID branding investigation tape and cameras will be installed to identify offenders. Maitland City Council will work with the Hunter and Central Coast RID squad to conduct a blitz investigation and to publicise any resulting fines. While the blitz investigation is on they will conduct a wider education campaign asking people to report dumping via RIDonline and explaining the consequences of illegal dumping. Education will highlight free recycling and waste reduction techniques. Signage encouraging people to report illegal dumping and highlighting the cost of penalties will be placed at city entrances, on council garbage trucks and buses.

Murray Local Land Services

$20,000

Murray Local Land Services currently manages over 50,000ha of Travelling Stock Routes (TSR) which includes over 2,900 parcels of crown land. Barriers to establishing illegal dumping data in the past have been a lack of staff and funding and the very large area managed. Murray Local Land Services will use this grant to identify dumping hotspots by recording data in RIDonline so they can direct limited resources to prevent illegal dumping efficiently in future. The project will undertake a baseline survey in areas identified as high risk for dumping and repeat surveys to establish trends. They will work with neighbouring land managers including Wakool, Conargo, Murray, Deniliquin, Corowa, Jerilderie, Urana, Berrigan, Albury, Greater Hume and Tumbarumba Councils

National Parks and Wildlife Service. Office of Environment and Heritage (Lower Hunter Area)

$55,810

Werakata National Park is an area rich in biodiversity, containing protected species and ecosystems which are threatened and degraded by illegal dumping. The project area is 800ha in size with multiple entry and trail points. The project will clean-up dumping at 125 sites, install 7 rollovers to prevent access to trails, consolidate existing prevention measures and install signs and surveillance devices. National Parks & Wildlife Services will work in partnership with the Cessnock City Council RID Squad Officer to take enforcement action against dumpers.

National Parks and Wildlife Service. Office of Environment and Heritage (Lower Hunter Area)

$150,000

 

Coal & Allied (C&A) recently transferred 2240ha of the Stockrington lands to National Parks & Wildlife Services (NPWS). NPWS established a solid set of baseline data when they received funding to identify the illegal dumping issues on the new Stockrington land in the last round of Clean-up & Prevention grants. This round they are acting on this intelligence to try to reduce illegal dumping by 15%. The project aims to prevent dumping at hotspots by installing 110m of cable and bollard fencing, 7 gates, 150 meters of rollovers, 8 signs and surveillance cameras. They will clean-up waste to increase visitation, improve positive behaviours and increase passive surveillance. NPWS will work with Hunter and Central Coast RID squad officers and police to identify and penalise dumpers. The project will include a community engagement program that will highlight the illegality of dumping and the penalties.

 

North East Waste

$125,850

North East Waste will coordinate a pilot program with Clarence Valley, Ballina Shire and Richmond Valley Councils. The project will engage an illegal dumping officer to work across the 3 council areas. The focus of the program is to use the new officer to build skills and confidence in council compliances teams to undertake illegal dumping investigations, prepare penalty notices and prosecutions and support the adoption of RIDonline to improve reporting. The project aims to raise the number of penalties issued for illegal dumping and increase media coverage of those penalties to heighten the perceived risk of getting caught in the community.

NSW Land and Housing Corporation - Family and Community Services

$84,145

The NSW Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) - Family and Community Services (FACS) manage numerous multi-unit dwellings in the Sydney area that experience high rates of illegal dumping. The project will target this dumping by providing fact sheets about how to dispose of waste properly to tenants and the penalties for dumping in multiple languages. Two collection days will be held to assist disabled or elderly tenants to dispose of bulky waste properly. FACS will install surveillance cameras and signs at 75 units to identify dumpers and to inform residents they are under surveillance. FACS will work with the Sydney RID Squad and Sydney and Leichardt Councils to identify and penalise offenders. Common areas in hotspots will be landscaped to improve their social value. To deliver the project FACS will consult with community groups within the multi-unit dwellings to brief them on the project and promote inclusion, including Red watch and Surry Hills Public Tenants organisations. The project will also survey 50 tenants pre and post program to establish baseline and any changes in knowledge, attitudes and behaviours around waste disposal.

Penrith City Council

$50,000

Penrith City Council will target dumping of bulky household waste around multi-unit dwellings (MUDS). 19% of Penrith residents live in MUDS and they have been identified as hotspots of illegal dumping. The project will deliver postcards to MUDS residents and erect signs explaining that dumping is illegal. These two actions will be followed up by council officers door knocking to explain that dumping waste is illegal and asking people to report illegal dumping. After the door knocking any dumped waste will be taped off with RID branded investigation tape. Waste will only be removed post investigation from then on. Council will work with property managers and conduct workshops to disseminate information. Council will work with Western Sydney RID squad officers to investigate incidents.

Port Stephens Council

$110,000

The project will target hotspot locations in the Port Stephens local government area by cleaning up sites, installing cameras, barriers, fencing, lighting, signage and revegetating the area. Monthly ranger patrols will be conducted at hotspots. The project will host a stakeholder forum to work with land managers in the area including Hunter Water, Local Land Services, National Parks & Wildlife Services, Worimi Local Aboriginal Lands Council, Roads & Maritime Services and Police. Council staff will receive training in investigating illegal dumping to build capacity. The project will also include an education campaign using YouTube videos and social media

Port Stephens Council

$45,000

The project will be delivered as a partnership between Port Stephens Council, Raymond Terrace Tidy Towns and Soldiers Point - Salamander Bay Landcare Group. The project will build a network of active volunteers who are committed to reporting and cleaning-up illegal dumping. Port Stephens council will develop signs with the community groups displaying messages about illegal dumping penalties. Council will create a monitoring schedule for community groups to monitor sites and match that monitoring with increased council patrols. Port Stephens Council will clean-up sites periodically and install concrete blocks, mounds and logs to prevent dumper access. Sites will then be revegetated. The project will also create YouTube videos, social media posts and newspaper features showing community group members working to stop illegal dumping.

Shoalhaven City Council $121,000 Shoalhaven City Council will target isolated bushland areas that have become illegal dumping hotspots. Shoalhaven City Council, National Parks & Wildlife Services, Local Land Services, Forests Corporation and Nowra Correctional Facility will work together on the grant to clean-up sites and install gates, signage and surveillance cameras, and patrol locations
Walgett Shire Council $20,000 Walgett Shire Council will use site inspections, drone mapping and surveillance cameras to survey their local government area for illegal dumping hotspots. They will also launch a media campaign encouraging the public to report dumping incidents via the RIDonline app. All data will be recorded and analysed in the EPA RIDonline database. Insights from the data will be used to build a business case to garner more resources within council to help address the issue of dumping.
Wollondilly Shire Council $20,000 Wollondilly Shire Council experiences large scale dumping of contaminated construction and demolition waste, however data collection is currently fragmented over several council departments. Under this project they will engage a consultant to help them use RIDonline to collate historical data and consistently record new data to help develop targeted enforcement and prevention actions to address their dumping issues. To further support data gathering they will also launch a media campaign encouraging the public to report dumping incidents via the RIDonline app.

Round 3 Application Process

For the selection criteria for Round 3 please read the Combating Illegal Dumping: Clean-up and Prevention Program Grants Round 3, Information for applicants

Under Round 3 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 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.

Expression of interest forms for Round 3:

 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 Partnerships Grant application form

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

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

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 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 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 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 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 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 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

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

Was this page helpful?

Thank you for your feedback.

Would you like to tell us more?

Share this

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter More...
Page last updated: 15 July 2016