Working across local government boundaries, RID squads use a strategic, coordinated approach to prevent illegal dumping while focusing on particular issues in their region.
- identify and patrol illegal dumping hotspots
- investigate illegal dumping incidents and take action against offenders
- organise clean-ups
- track down illegal landfills
- identify changes and trends in illegal dumping across a regional area
- deter community members from illegal dumping and educate them about the consequences
- run joint compliance campaigns with the EPA, SafeWork NSW, NSW Police and other regulatory authorities
Areas RID squads cover
Western Sydney RID squad
Blacktown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Penrith, The Hills and Blue Mountains council areas.
Established in 1999, the Western Sydney RID squad has been targeting illegal dumping across the growing Western Sydney region.
Sydney RID squad
Bayside, Canterbury-Bankstown, Georges River, Randwick, Strathfield, Sutherland and Waverley council areas.
Established in July 2015, the Sydney RID Squad combines the former Inner West RID Squad and the Southern Sydney Region of Councils to take a coordinated approach to dealing with illegal dumping.
Hunter and Central Coast RID Squad
Cessnock, Dungog, Central Coast, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Muswellbrook, Newcastle, Singleton, Upper Hunter council areas.
This RID squad was established in 2014 to reduce the costs of illegal dumping and build capacity in the region. It covers a wide geographical area and works with councils and government agencies in the region to combat illegal dumping.
Regional illegal dumping programs
Regional illegal dumping programs (RID programs) involve council rangers from different areas in a region working together to combat illegal dumping.
Southern Councils Group RID Program
Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama, Shoalhaven, Eurobodalla, Bega Valley, Wingecarribee and Wollondilly council areas.
Each ranger is based at a council but operates across the region by sharing information and resources to prevent illegal dumping.
ACT–NSW Cross Border Program
ACT and NSW council areas: Queanbeyan-Palerang, Yass Valley, Goulburn Mulwaree and Snowy-Monaro.
This cross-border programs aims to implement a coordinated set of actions to prevent, detect and clean up illegal dumping in the ACT and NSW.