Illegal Dumping Strategy 2017-21

The NSW Illegal Dumping Strategy 2017-21 continues to take a multi-faceted approach to the problem of illegal waste dumping. The strategy outlines clear actions for the EPA and its partners to reduce illegal dumping in NSW from waste outside multi-unit dwellings to large-scale illegal landfilling.

The strategy builds on the good work already completed under the NSW Illegal Dumping Strategy 2014–16.

The NSW Government's commitment to reducing illegal dumping is clear. This commitment is backed by continued funding ($65 million) under the Waste Less Recycle More initiative to tackle illegal dumping across NSW. This funding will support a range of innovative solutions to illegal dumping, delivered in partnership with councils, industry and the community.


The strategy aims to address issues through continued collaboration with EPA's partners, local government, land managers, community organisations and industry. The strategy coordinates action on education, enforcement and infrastructure to prevent people from dumping illegally, and to take strong action against those who persist in doing the wrong thing. The strategy also provides framework for evaluation of this work. The strategy outlines 6 approaches (shown below) and 36 corresponding actions.

  1. building an evidence base
  2. stakeholder engagement and capacity building
  3. education and awareness
  4. prevention, infrastructure and clean up
  5. regulation and enforcement
  6. evaluation and monitoring.
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