Illegal Dumping Prevention Strategy 2022-2027 Implementation Plan


Approach 1

Moving towards a circular economy

Approach 2

Collaboration and capacity building

Approach 3

Services, infrastructure and clean-up

Approach 4

Behaviour Change, awareness and engagement

Approach 5

Regulation, enforcement and legislative reform

Approach 6

Growing our evidence through research, monitoring and evaluation


Support councils and not-for-profit groups working to increase re-use, repair and recycling of household items.

Partner with councils to develop approaches to reducing dumping of household items on the street.

Support our partners to combat illegal dumping through the illegal dumping prevention grant programs.

Roll out social media campaigns to target different types of dumping.

Co-fund and support the RID program in targeted regions.

Promote and build capacity in using the RIDonline system.

Build our illegal dumping resource kit, so we can learn from each other.

Support Community Recycling Centres so the public can safely dispose of problem waste.

Provide access to illegal dumping prevention collateral, including ‘Report Illegal Dumping’, ‘Responsible Donating’ and ‘Free Fill -is it worth it?’ awareness and communication materials.

Provide training and support on prevention and enforcement techniques to compliance officers in local government and other public land managers.

Improve the functionality of RIDonline in consultation with users and explore options to better share illegal dumping data with our stakeholders.

Deliver illegal dumping training and capacity building, guided by stakeholders’ needs.

Explore options with councils to improve household bulky waste services and facilities.

Support councils’ education and behaviour change projects through grant funding.

Waste Crime Taskforce to deter and disrupt organised and serious waste crime.

Promote our cost calculator and support land managers to better capture the costs of managing illegal dumping.


Coordinate a whole of government response to asbestos via the NSW Asbestos Coordinating Committee.

Work with the NSW Asbestos Coordination Committee to improve asbestos waste disposal.

Promote Community Recycling Centres and problem waste drop-off events.

Review the suitability of relevant investigation and enforcement powers under the POEO Act as well as penalties for waste crime offences.

Track progress using the MEL framework towards desired outcomes and report regularly to stakeholders.


Fund an asbestos project manager at Local Government NSW to build local government capacity to respond to asbestos waste.






2022 – 2023

Conduct an audit of items dumped on the kerbside to determine the composition of dumped items and estimate the proportion that are reusable and recyclable.

By Jan 2023

Establish a community of practice including seminars to showcase innovations and share best practice illegal dumping prevention approaches.

By Jun 2023


Roll out an awareness campaign on asbestos to improve householder behaviour including safe disposal.

From Nov 2022

Partner with the Queensland Department of Environment and Science to develop new digital hazardous waste tracking and data solutions across jurisdictions.

By Jun 2023

Develop a Measurement, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) framework in collaboration with stakeholders.

By Jun 2023

Explore opportunities for behaviour change campaigns that promote re-use and repair opportunities and spread messaging about responsible donations.

Start May 2023 then ongoing






2023 – 2024

Work with charitable recyclers and other organisations to support their work in encouraging responsible donation and enhance demand for second-hand items.

Start December 2023 then ongoing

Work with councils and public land managers to facilitate collaboration and enable place-based illegal dumping prevention approaches.

Start December 2023 then ongoing

Evaluate our illegal dumping Clean-up and Prevention grant programs to inform future focus areas.

By Sep 2023


Review effectiveness and appropriateness of regulatory tools for small-scale dumping.

By Dec 23

Research and collect data to support reuse and recycling initiatives.

Start June 2024 then ongoing

Investigate opportunities to leverage product stewardship schemes.

By May 2024




Assess the feasibility of additional legislative reforms to prevent illegal dumping including in the areas of waste tracking and payment structures.

By Dec 23






Test with industry options for a waste classifiers accreditation scheme and extended waste transporter licensing requirements

By Dec 23


2024 – 2025






Undertake social research into the community’s knowledge, attitudes and behaviours regarding illegal dumping.

During Sep-Dec 2024