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.

Illegal dumping of waste has the potential to cause health and safety risks for both people and the natural environment.

  • Illegal dumping causes chemical and physical pollution in our neighbourhoods and waterways.
  • It also spreads pests and weeds, including fire ants and lantana.
  • Even dumping old furniture is a problem because it may encourage others to dump more dangerous waste.

Risks involved with illegal dumping include sharp objects, asbestos, toxic substances, nappies and medical waste. Illegal dumps are fire hazards. Tree stumps and tyres left on the road can cause accidents.

Concerned residents can report it 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.

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), and penalties apply.

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.

Donating to charity is great, but please don’t let your good deed go to waste! If your items are too big to fit into a charity bin, then drop it off in-store.

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.

The Queensland Government has a range of information and resources in relation to littering and illegal dumping.

Visit the Queensland Government for more information.