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Environmental Issues

Waste and recycling

NSW Illegal Dumping Strategy

The NSW Illegal Dumping Strategy 2014–2016 is an integrated approach to the problem of illegal waste dumping. It 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 NSW Government’s commitment to reducing illegal dumping is clear. The target is to reduce the incidence of large-scale illegal dumping in Sydney, the Illawarra, Hunter and Central Coast by 30 per cent by 2016.

This commitment is backed by significant funding: $58 million over five years 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 under the NSW Illegal Dumping Strategy 2014–16 (PDF 200KB).

Tough new penalties

In 2013 the NSW Government introduced tough new laws to help combat illegal dumping, including a prison sentence of up to two years for repeat illegal dumpers. In May 2014, the NSW Government announced significant increases for penalty notice amounts for illegal dumping under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 (the POEO Act). The increased penalty notice amounts are now the toughest penalty in Australia for this type of offence, with fines up to $15,000. These measures will act as strong deterrents to illegal dumping, and, together with the actions outlined in the Illegal Dumping Strategy, will empower landowners, land managers and local communities to effectively combat illegal dumping.

More information

Waste and Resource Recovery Branch
Illegal Dumping Coordination Unit


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Page last updated: 16 January 2015