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Illegal dumping research

Illegal dumping in NSW

The EPA has published state-wide research on what motivates businesses and the community to illegally dump and how to change that behaviour. The research was conducted with government, industry and community stakeholders and provides a state-wide benchmark for monitoring changes in knowledge, attitudes and behaviours.

Kerbside dumping research

Dumping of household waste on the kerb is the most common type of illegal dumping in NSW. Waste dumped on the kerb can pollute the environment, make streets unsafe and unattractive and place a financial burden on local government. The EPA conducted social research with residents, councils, real estate agents and strata managers to identify what motivates people to dump on the kerb and find strategies to change this behaviour. This research will inform programs to prevent and reduce this type of dumping.

For further enquiries about this research please contact the Illegal Dumping Team at

Page last updated: 27 March 2017