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Regional Illegal Dumping (RID) squads

RID Squads are regionally based teams that specialise in dealing with illegal dumping and illegal landfilling. The squads are funded by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and the member local councils who opt to work together and pool resources to tackle illegal dumping.

Regional Illegal Dumping squads

Working across local government boundaries, the squads use a strategic, coordinated approach to preventing illegal dumping and focus on the particular issues within their region.

RID Squads:

  • 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 and educate community members about illegal dumping
  • run joint compliance campaigns with the EPA, SafeWork NSW, NSW Police and other regulatory authorities.

RID Squad areas

RID suad areas map

Western Sydney RID Squad

Blacktown, Fairfield, Holroyd, Parramatta, Penrith, Liverpool and The Hills council areas

Now in its 15th year of operation, the Western Sydney RID squad has investigated over 27,000 cases with a high proportion of offenders successfully prosecuted. Fewer dumping incidents are now recorded in the region.

Sydney RID Squad

Bankstown City Council, Ashfield Council, Auburn City Council, Botany Bay City Council, Canada Bay City Council, Canterbury City Council, Hurstville City Council, Kogarah City Council, Marrickville Council, Randwick City Council, Rockdale City Council, Strathfield Municipal Council, Sutherland Shire Council and Waverley Council.

Established in July 2015, the Sydney RID Squad brings the Inner West Rid Squad and the Southern Sydney Region of Councils (SSROC) together to take a coordinated approach to dealing with illegal dumping.

The expanded Sydney RID Squad covers an area of approximately 670km2 across fourteen councils in Sydney.

Hunter/Central Coast RID Squad

Cessnock, Dungog, Gosford, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Muswellbrook, Newcastle, Singleton, Upper Hunter and Wyong council areas.

The Hunter/Central Coast RID squad was established in 2014 to reduce the costs of illegal dumping and build capacity within the region. The Hunter/Central Coast RID Squad covers a wide geographical area and will work with other public land managers in the region to combat illegal dumping.

Southern Councils Group RID Program

Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama, Shoalhaven, Eurobodalla, Bega and Wingecarribee council areas.

Based on the NSW south coast, the Southern Councils RID Program covers a significant area. Given the geographical range, each ranger is based at a council but operates across the region to combat and prevent illegal dumping.

ACT–NSW Cross Border Program

ACT and bordering NSW council areas: Palerang, Yass Valley, Cooma-Monaro and Queanbeyan.

This cross border programs aims to implement a coordinated set of actions to prevent, detect and clean up illegal dumping in both the ACT and NSW.

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Page last updated: 09 December 2016