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Environment Protection Authority

Applications open for Illegal Dumping Clean-up and Prevention grants

Media release: 17 October 2016

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has today opened Round Four of the Illegal Dumping Clean-up and Prevention grants to applications from councils, public land managers and community groups across NSW to share in $500,000 in grants.

Under the NSW EPA’s Waste Less Recycle More initiative funding is made available for projects to clean-up and prevent illegal dumping of a wide range of waste, including asbestos and other building materials, as well as household junk commonly found dumped, like broken furniture, old mattresses and white goods.

The grants will also help to establish illegal dumping baseline data, which can be used to identify dumping trends and target hot spot problem areas like vacant residential lots and bush areas.

EPA Executive Director Waste and Resource Recovery Steve Beaman said the grants played an important role in enabling local communities to tackle illegal dumping.

“Illegal dumping is a serious problem in our state – it not only harms the environment, it can put human health at risk,” Mr Beaman said.

“The clean-up of illegal dumped waste is an expensive and time-consuming process. These grants can help councils and public land managers not only tackle existing problem areas, but also enable them to put in place preventative programs.”

In the three previous rounds of the program, a total of $4.36 million has been awarded to fund 71 projects.

To date, these projects have resulted in:

  • Over 5,000 tonnes of waste cleaned up, including over 200 tonnes of asbestos;
  • 136 hotspots protected from further dumping; 
  • A range of preventative measures installed to deter dumping including 49 gates, 2554 meters of fencing, 23 earth mounds, 164 signs, 148 barriers and bollards, 862 tonnes of rock barrier and 111 surveillance devices;
  • Increased regulatory action against illegal dumpers including 117 penalty notices, 44 clean-up notices, $100,848 in fines and $59,000 in court penalties. 

In Round Four, a total of $500,000 will be awarded under three streams:

  1. Illegal dumping clean-up and prevention projects: $50,000 - $150,000 for councils and public land managers to carry out such programs
  2. Establish illegal dumping baseline data: up to $20,000 for councils and public land managers 
  3. Illegal dumping clean-up and prevention community partnerships: up to $50,000 

Expressions of interest are open until 4pm, 8 November 2016.

More information about the Illegal Dumping Clean-up and Prevention grants is available at

Contact: EPA Public Affairs

Page last updated: 17 October 2016