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.
The illegal dumping of waste in public reserves, bushland areas, vacant lots and roadside verges creates a major problem for our community including:
- poor visual amenity
- lowered community pride
- increased fire risk
- reduced property values
- the potential to attract other illegal dumping and antisocial behaviour leading to a state of degradation of your local neighbourhood
- increased health and safety hazard
- increased risk of weeds and pests
- financial costs to Council and other government agencies which are ultimately passed onto residents, ratepayers and the community as a whole.
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.
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 ridonline.epa.nsw.gov.au
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:
- Take your waste to the right place
- when someone disposes of waste on your behalf, always get proof of disposal i.e. tip dockets form 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 CessnockWaste 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.
Better not mess with Cessnock
Illegal dumping is a huge problem in the Cessnock LGA, with 377 incidents recorded last year along. In an effort to combat this problem, we have teamed up with a few local personalities to launch a 'Better not mess with Cessnock' campaign. Let's work together to ensure our region remains beautiful for locals and visitors alike!