Illegal dumping and litter

Illegal dumping and litter have social, financial and environmental implications.

On this page you will find information about fines for illegal dumping and littering, how to report illegal dumping as well as information about how we are tackling the problem of litter.

Illegal dumping

Illegal Dumping includes:

  • Domestic household items such as discarded mattresses, white goods and old furniture left , commonly found out on the kerbside.
  • Green waste including palm fronds, commonly found over the back fence, on vacant blocks or in bushland.
  • Construction and demolition waste.
  • Un-authorised land filling. If you are the landowner you may be accepting fill that may affect the health of your family or devalue your land. Check with Council to find out what approvals are required.
  • Household or commercial waste disposed of in or around public litter bins
  • Hazardous materials such as asbestos. 

Watch this video that tells you about what illegal dumping includes.

You can be fined

Fines of $4000 can be issued on the spot, with maximum penalties up to $250,000 for individuals and $1 million for corporations. Rangers have stepped up surveillance of dumping hotspots, using clever new technology to catch those breaking the law. 

How can I report illegal dumping?

There are three ways to report illegal dumping in Byron Shire including:

How can I dispose of my waste responsibly?

There are no excuses for dumping waste illegally.  There are a number of ways you can dispose of your unwanted household items responsibly.

  • Use your Annual Free Drop Off Service which is provided to all rate payers.  Visit the Byron Resource Recovery Centre page for more information or to download the Bulk Waste Disposal form.  
  • Take your items to the Byron Resource Recovery Centre where many items are accepted for free including e-waste, mobile phones, bulk recyclables, oils, paints, light globes, batteries and scrap metal items including white goods.
  • Try selling or giving away unwanted items via an online platform such at Gumtree, eBay or the local Facebook group Byron Bay Buy Swap Sell.
  • Host a garage sale. 

How are we tackling the problem?

Byron Shire Council has an Illegal Dumping and Litter Education and Enforcement Plan with a target to reduce all type of illegal dumping incidents in the Byron Shire by at least 30 per cent by the end of 2021. 

Our objective is to create anti-illegal dumping behaviour for the future through an integrated approach of evidence gathering, education and awareness, prevention, enforcement, infrastructure and evaluation based on the NSW Environmental Protection Authority pillars for reducing illegal dumping.

Littering 

Litter poses a major threat to the local environment, wildlife and costs ratepayers. Find out more about what we are doing to tackle the problem of litter through improving infrastructure, education and monitoring.