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Illegal Dumping

What is illegal dumping? 

Illegal dumping is the depositing – dumping, tipping or otherwise – of waste larger than litter onto land or into water. 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. 

If you would like more information, read these brochures on Illegal Dumping, Asbestos Waste Landfill Waste, Development Waste and Illegal Transport of Waste.

Regional Illegal Dumping (RID) Squad

The Hunter/Central Coast Regional Illegal Dumping (RID) squad was established in 2014 to reduce the costs of illegal dumping and build capacity within the region. The Hunter/Central Coast RID Squad covers a wide geographical area including Cessnock local government area and works with other public land managers in the region to combat illegal dumping. The Squad uses the latest surveillance techniques to find (and penalise) the culprits of illegal dumping.

Reporting Illegal Dumping

Illegal dumping is a problem that impacts everyone in the community and if seen, should be reported immediately.

If you suspect someone is illegally dumping report it on 131 555 or

Useful information to supply when reporting includes: a description of the person, the time of day and registration, make and model of the car. Fines apply for illegal dumping.

On the spot fines can be up to $4000 for individuals or up to $8000 for companies. If you are required to attend Local Court the penalty may be up to $110,000. Repeat offenders may also face a jail sentence.

Other ways you can help

Besides reporting illegal dumping, there are a few things you can do to help combat the problem:  

  • when someone disposes of waste on your behalf, always get proof of disposal such as tip dockets from your contractor. It is important to know that if a contractor illegally dumps your waste, you are also liable.
  • take your waste to the right place. The Cessnock Waste Management Centre is open 7 days a week from 8.45am to 4.30pm (only closed on Christmas Day, Good Friday and Cessnock City Council Picnic Day)    
  • know what is being brought onto your land. Free fill is rarely clean fill. 

Illegal Dumping on Charities 

In an effort to reduce illegal dumping on charities we have teamed up with them to tackle the issue and launched an educational campaign.  Our local charities face dumping on a daily basis. But it isn’t just dumping that is a problem. The Cessnock community are very ‘giving’ but we aren’t good at ‘giving good’. The quantity is there but not the quality. A lot of the material, clothing and nick-nacks that are given to local charities are not of saleable quality. Only about 10% of what is given ends up for sale in their shop! Whilst charities work hard to find alternatives, such as sending items overseas, the reality is many items have to be disposed of in landfill. The cost of disposal falls on local charities.  This has a huge impact. Illegal dumping and inappropriate donations limit the amount of welfare charities can do and places a huge strain on their workers and volunteers who perform such an important community role. The campaign aims to educate people about donating.  It will be visible in print, social media and feature on the side of one of our local garbage trucks.   If you see anyone dumping on a charity, report it. It’s easy to do by simply calling 131 555 or jump online and report it at This program was made possible by an Illegal Dumping, Clean up and Prevention grant as part of the Waste Less, Recycle More initiative from the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA).