Reporting illegal dumping
Illegal dumping of waste is a serious offence. By reporting illegal dumping you can help prevent damage to the environment and reduce risks to human health. Dumpers face heavy fines and repeat offenders can be sentenced to prison.
Who do you contact?
If the dumped waste poses a risk to the environment or to human health, or if the waste has been dumped in water, call the Environment Line on 131 555.
- If it appears there is no immediate risk to the environment or to human health:
- for smaller incidents, e.g. one or two trailer loads of dumped waste, contact your local council
- for larger incidents, e.g. more than two trailer loads of dumped waste, call the Environment Line on 131 555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you see or are aware of illegal activity call the NSW Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
- See Contacts for waste and litter pollution for more information.
Your personal details will not be made public or passed on to the person responsible for the dumping.
Local councils, RID Squads and public land managers can now access RIDonline, a statewide illegal dumping database and reporting tool.
Waste that may be unsafe – what to look out for
Dumped asbestos roofing in the Gardens of Stone national park
Dumped car batteries
20 litre drum of toxic chemicals
44-gallon drum of dumped waste
Wrapped asbestos waste on Kings Tablelands Road
If you suspect that dumped waste may be unsafe call the Environment Line on 131 555.
Commonly dumped waste that may pose a risk to the environment or human health includes:
- asbestos ‒ e.g. old building materials from home renovations, such as roofing, ceiling panels or wall cladding
- chemicals or chemical containers
- car batteries
- piles of soil that may be contaminated or may be hiding dangerous wastes.
What information do you need to report?
As a minimum you need the following details to make a report:
- description of the dumped waste, and if possible a photograph of the waste and the location.
If possible record these details in writing and keep them to help with any follow-up investigation. Photographs can be emailed to Environment Line.
Further details will help. If you can, describe:
- the land use and surrounding land use
- risks or possible risks to the environment or human health
- the weather
- any details or features that may identify the source of the waste.
What would you like to do next?
Page last updated: 21 March 2017