Litter and illegal dumping  

The NSW Government is committed to reducing litter by 40% and illegal dumping by 30% by 2020. The EPA is implementing actions to fulfil that commitment, including programs under Hey Tosser and the Illegal Dumping Strategy. 

Litter and illegal dumping means tossing, tipping or depositing waste on land and in water, where it pollutes the environment and can harm human health. Dumped materials range from a piece of litter and small bags of rubbish to larger scale dumping of hazardous waste such as asbestos and chemicals in isolated bushland areas. Cleaning up this waste is expensive for the taxpayer.

Litter and illegal dumping are serious problems in NSW. By working together, we can

  • reduce the volume of materials damaging valuable bushland and making towns and cities unpleasant and unsightly
  • protect people and the environment from hazardous waste
  • enforce the message that littering and illegal dumping are illegal and penalties apply for acting against the law

EPA action to stop litter


Help prevent littering

  • Put your rubbish in the bin or take it with you
  • Register to report littering from vehicles
  • Find out if there are community group or council litter prevention programs in your area you can get involved with.
  • Understand why people litter.

EPA action to stop illegal dumping


Donator or dumper?

Watch a video highlighting the huge cost of illegal dumping on charities.

Help prevent illegal dumping