Illegal Dumping

"Council simply won't tolerate illegal dumping any longer."

Narromine Shire Council is working to prevent the bushland and natural areas within the Shire from becoming a dumping ground.

Council is also calling on the community to reject illegal dumping by making it socially unacceptable and to report any illegal dumping behaviour to Council.

Council encourages residents to make use of the services and facilities Council offers to manage waste including kerbside collections and Council's Waste Management Facility.

What is illegal dumping?

It is illegal to dump, or permit to be dumped, any waste, rubbish or soil products on private or public land, unless it is a licensed landfill site. If rubbish or soil is dumped on private land, with or without the owner's consent, it is the responsibility of the owner to arrange appropriate disposal of the waste, unless the person who dumped the waste can be identified.

Why is illegal waste dumping a problem?

Illegal waste dumping can:

Apart from these critical concerns, illegal waste dumping can cost you money. There is a high cost to the community as a whole when remediation work is required following waste dumping. The cost of cleaning up after waste dumping can be particularly devastating, however, for the individual landowner/occupier.

What are the fines and penalties?

Know your responsibilities: managing waste from construction sites

Important information for demolition and excavation companies, builders, contractors, project managers and property developers:

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.
  • If you see or are aware of illegal activity call the NSW Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

What information do you need to report?

As a minimum you need the following details to make a report:

  • date
  • location
  • 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.

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.