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.

Implementation of the strategy is now complete. We are in the process of reviewing what has been done and using learnings to develop a new Illegal Dumping Prevention Plan under the Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy, this will be released late 2022.

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 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.

Two-year report card

Our two-year report card (PDF 180KB) provides a snapshot of the key achievements made to date through the implementation of the NSW Illegal Dumping Strategy 2017–21. These achievements are supporting our goal to reduce illegal dumping by 30% by 2020.

Headline outcomes include:

  • Funding for 84 public land managers to target illegal dumping. This resulted in a 75% reduction in illegal dumping in hotspot areas in round 4 of the combatting illegal dumping clean up and prevention program
  • Public reporting now makes up 20% of all reports in RIDonline

 The Illegal Dumping Strategy action table (PDF 96KB) has been updated to reflect progress to date and the remaining actions to complete.

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