What is Illegal Dumping?
Illegal dumping is the depositing – dumping, tipping or otherwise – of waste larger than litter onto land or into water without approval to do so. Illegal dumping varies from small bags of rubbish in an urban environment to larger scale dumping of waste materials in isolated areas, such as bushland.
Council has an Illegal Dumping and Litter Education and Compliance Officer who regularly patrols the local area, investigating illegally dumped material, engaging the community about why it is a problem and issuing lean-up notices and/or fines for illegal dumping.
On the spot fines of $4,000 for individuals or $8,000 for corporations apply.
Why is it a problem?
- Dumped rubbish harms the environment: It pollutes our waterways through the storm water system and attracts vermin such as rats, mice and cockroaches.
- It attracts additional dumping and other illegal behaviours: These areas become unattractive to the local community and visitors to the Shire.
- It can be a health and safety hazard: Dumped waste can be dangerous to people, particularly when it includes sharp objects, asbestos and glass.
- It’s costly to the Council and the community: Over $100 000 of ratepayer money is spent each year on cleaning up illegally dumped rubbish.
Report illegal Dumping
If you see household items, such as furniture, appliances, green waste or building and construction waste dumped by the side of the road or in the bush you should either:
- Report it via Council's online Report It Form. Please provide as much information as you can. Eg time of day, location and a description of the waste material.
- Phone the Resource Recovery Hotline on 1300 652 625.
What can you do with unwanted houshold items?
If you have unwanted items at home there are a number of options for disposing of them correctly.
1. Transport them to the Byron Resource Recovery Centre and utilise Council's FREE bulk waste drop-off system. More information here.
2. Try selling or giving away unwanted items to via an online platform such as Gumtree, eBay or the local Facebook group Byron Bay Buy Swap Sell.
3. Hold a garage sale or ask a charity if they will accept your items.
Please consider alternatives to landfill. Reducing the items entering the waste stream reduces the impact on the environment.