Illegal Dumping


Council invests significant resources both in monetary and manpower terms in providing a region of which our residents can feel proud. 

The action of illegal dumping of waste is a rising concern for the Isaac region, costing our community thousands of dollars in clean up hours every year. 

What is illegal dumping?

Illegal dumping is the unlawful deposit of any type of waste material that is 200 litres or more in volume (about the volume of a wheelie bin). 

Common illegally dumped items include: 

  • household rubbish and garden waste 
  • household goods (such as whitegoods, TV’s, mattresses and furniture) 
  • building waste (construction and demolition materials) 
  • tyres, chemical drums and paint tins 
  • asbestos. 

The deposit of any type of waste material that is less than 200 litres is also unlawful and penalties apply

Illegal dumping and littering does more than make our beautiful communities look bad. The Illegal dumping of waste has the potential to cause health and safety risks for both people and the natural environment. 

When you dump rubbish it can: 
  • Pollute our environment, 
  • Affect the safe use and enjoyment of our outdoor spaces,  
  • Threaten the life of pets and wildlife, 
  • Introduce pests and weeds in our natural areas, 
  • Block waterways and roads causing flooding, 
  • Spark out of control fires (epically if batteries have been illegally dumped), 
  • Cause road accidents (epically If tree stumps and tyres are left on the road) 

 It costs a lot to clean it up with funds we could spend somewhere else. 

How can I help?

Report illegal dumping: Concerned residents can report instances of illegal dumping to Snap Send Solve which is the quick, easy and free method to report neighbourhood and asset related matters to Council. Get the app now! 

Or another avenue to report littering or illegal dumping visit the Queensland Government website here. 

When making a report we need to know: 

  • Where you found the rubbish 
  • Photos so we can see what we are dealing with  
  • A time, date and description of waste or the people doing the dumping 

Don’t dump your donated goods: leaving items on the footpath (outside of organised collection days) or outside a charity bin or shop is also classed as illegal dumping. Doing this costs charities and councils thousands of dollars to clean up — money that could be spent on important community services. 

Do the right thing: Even dumping old furniture out the front of your house is a problem because it may encourage others to dump more dangerous waste. Do the right thing and dispose of our waste responsibility.