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Illegal dumping is an ongoing and highly visible problem across NSW. It can occur in city and country areas and on public and privately owned land. Illegal dumping is the unlawful deposit of waste larger than litter onto land or waters. It includes waste materials that have been dumped, tipped or otherwise deposited onto land where no licence or approval exists to accept such waste. Illegal dumping varies from small bags of rubbish in an urban environment to larger-scale dumping of waste materials in isolated areas, such as bushland.
Illegal dumping can have adverse affects on wildlife and the local environment, by encouraging vermin and introducing weeds, and also creates visual and environmental pollution. It can contaminate land and local waterways, and can pose a health risk or fire hazard to the community.
Illegal dumping also includes illegal land filling which is waste used as fill material with the consent of the owner or occupier of the land but without the necessary council or Environment Protection Authority (EPA) approvals.
·Construction and Demolition Waste including Excavation Waste & Asbestos
·Organic Garden Material
·Chemicals and other Hazardous Waste
·Abandoned Vehicles, Car Parts and Shopping Trolleys.
What can you do?
If anyone approaches you about taking fill or other waste material onto your property - either for free or for payment - check with Council immediately.
If you accept material and it's contaminated you could be putting your health and the environment at risk. You also risk a fine or clean up costs and might permanently devalue your property.
While most transport operators take waste to legal waste facilities, others attempt to avoid disposal costs by illegally dumping it on private property.
Taking fill to an unauthorised site is an offence even if you have the landowner's permission. Ensure the load you're carrying is going to a legal site - or risk a hefty fine.
·Getting Rid of Your Waste
It is your responsibility to ensure that your waste, including excavated material, demolition waste and tyres, is going to a legal waste disposal or recycling facility. If you don't, you risk large fines.
As the owner of the waste you may still be held responsible for where it ends up and may have to pay clean-up costs.
Further information on Illegal Dumping is available from:
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