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 is a serious problems in NSW. By working together, we can:
- reduce the problem, keeping our bushland, parks and public places clean
- protect people and the environment from hazardous waste
- spread the message that illegal dumping is wrong and offenders will be penalised
- increase reporting of illegal dumping.
EPA action to stop illegal dumping
- enforces laws relating to illegal dumping, including working with local councils to support Regional Illegal Dumping Squads and Programs
- manages education and prevention campaigns through the Illegal Dumping Prevention Strategy
- manages grant programs to help other organisations and individuals combat illegal dumping
- delivers education and prevention campaigns
About illegal dumping
Illegal dumping is wrong, and often dangerous. Here’s what we’re doing to stop illegal dumping, and our research into this antisocial behaviour.
Illegal Dumping Prevention Strategy
The NSW Illegal Dumping Prevention Strategy 2022-2027 outlines clear actions for the EPA and its partners to reduce illegal dumping in NSW.
You, your council, or your local group may be eligible to apply for funding to tackle illegal dumping.
Prevent illegal dumping
Learn about the resources available to support your campaign against illegal dumping, and about the dangers of free-fill.
Report illegal dumping
When to report an emergency, call the Environment Line or use the RIDonline reporting app.
Laws and penalties
Learn about the legislation regarding illegal and the penalties for those who are caught.