Illegal dumping prevention measures
A combination of mechanisms, if used strategically, can be more effective than one method alone. The idea is to make illegal dumping harder and less attractive by using the following five approaches.
Increase the risk of getting caught
- Strengthen surveillance and patrolling:
- use cameras and signs (PDF 5.1MB) to indicate the area is being watched
- patrol hotspots
- encourage members of the community to report instances of illegal dumping.
- Install lighting and design landscaping to help increase offenders’ visibility.
- Carry out periodic high-profile compliance or enforcement action (may include working with others).
- Establish and maintain working partnerships with private landholders, government agencies, educational institutions, local Aboriginal land councils and local councils.
Reduce the rewards: deny financial benefits
- Let dumpers know they will get caught.
- Issue fines to offenders (or work with others who have authority).
- Require offenders to clean up (or work with others who have authority).
Reduce provocations: don't give illegal dumpers a reason to dump
- Clean up waste and keep areas free of illegal dumping.
- Use landscaping, revegetation and beautification to foster community pride and enhance the area's aesthetic appeal.
- Promote the value of your land.
- Install signs (PDF 5.1MB).
Remove excuses: educate and inform the community
Where circumstances allow, monitoring points can be simplified through the use of directional arrows to indicate where to take the photo from and the direction of the photo. Photo: HCCREMS 2011.
Review your prevention program
Many areas continue to experience illegal dumping problems after a site has been cleaned up. Review your program to identify the need for any further intervention. This may involve refining the initial response, or trying something completely different. It may also be necessary to keep an eye on newly emerging problems so they can be dealt with as quickly as possible.
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Page last updated: 14 January 2015